Detroit— A federal complaint has been filed against a 25-year-old man who police say was intoxicated with a 2-year-old in his car when he led U.S. Customs officers at the Ambassador Bridge on a chase before ramming them with his vehicle.
The incident happened at about 11:45 p.m. Wednesday, when Customs and Border Protection Officers observed a 2008 Chrysler 300 stopped near the bridge’s entrance, according to a complaint filed Friday in U.S. District Court’s Eastern District.
“Officers instructed the driver of the vehicle to pull over,” the complaint said. Instead, the man “sped away,” leading police on a short chase.
He “drove his vehicle to the duty free exit gate of the Ambassador Bridge,” the complaint said. Customs officers pulled up behind him and when they tried to get out of their car, the man backed up and tried to flee.
He “side-swiped the CBP patrol vehicle on the passenger side,” the complaint said, and a concrete wall.
The officer tried to back up his car “at which time (he) rammed the CBP vehicle in the rear, which disabled (his) vehicle.”
With weapons drawn, Customs officers ordered the man out of his vehicle. He complied and then “removed a 2-year-old child from the vehicle.”
The officers ordered the man to put the child down, and he complied, the complaint said. He was handcuffed and taken into custody. Detroit Police officers arrived a few minutes later and determined the man was intoxicated.
The two officers inside the patrol car suffered face and neck injuries after their vehicle was rammed, the complaint said.
The complaint does not say what happened to the child or what the man’s relationship was to the 2-year-old. It also did not give his hometown.
The man has been charged with assault on a federal officer with a dangerous weapon and causing injury. A judge has not yet been assigned to the case, federal records show.
He faces to 20 years in prison if convicted.