Two drivers are facing charges after leading Michigan State Police troopers on chases in Wayne County over the weekend and damaging property in the process.
The first incident was reported about 12:05 a.m. Saturday, when troopers assigned to the Metro South Post Secure Cities Partnership Inkster detail spotted someone driving away from an area where they were searching for a stolen vehicle emitting a signal from a LoJack recovery system, investigators said in a statement.
Troopers attempted to stop the driver, who fled. The stolen vehicle soon crashed on McGraw near Chopin in Detroit after having “swerved to avoid another, struck a tree, and overturned in a residential yard,” the release read.
The driver sustained critical injuries and remained hospitalized Monday, authorities said. Other details were not released.
A second pursuit started about 9:50 p.m. Saturday night, when Metro South Post troopers tried to stop a Ford Focus on the Davison Freeway for speeding nearly 30 miles over the posted limit, investigators reported.
“Upon activation of lights, the vehicle fled across various topside streets at 40-60 mph,” MSP officials said.
Other troopers were called in to help before the suspect drove down a dead-end street. The officers pulled in behind the Ford Focus, got out and started to approach, but the man “went into reverse and rammed the driver’s side of one of the patrol cars, forcing the trooper to dive back in his car while the suspect fled,” authorities said.
Troopers later used a PIT maneuver, an immobilization technique, on Russell, but the driver sped off — this time hitting a fence at a home nearby.
The officers used the immobilization technique again and boxed in the Ford, but the driver tussled with several of them. When a Taser had no effect on him, pepper spray and physical techniques were used to arrest the suspect, agency officials said.
The 24-year-old male from Southfield was taken to a hospital for a medical clearance then held at the Detroit Detention Center.