Driver hits 3 cars, plus cop’s, fleeing Detroit stop

Mark Hicks
The Detroit News

A driver who fled from Michigan State Police in Detroit this week ended up hitting three vehicles and a city officer’s car while on the run, authorities said.

The chase began about 5:15 p.m. Wednesday, when troopers assigned to the MSP Special Enforcement Section, Secure Cities Partnership patrolling on Fairport near Westphalia tried to pull over a 2002 Chevy Trailblazer for a traffic violation.

The driver, a 46-year-old city resident, ignored the emergency lights and sped off, state police said in a statement.

Almost immediately afterward, the motorist “attempted a turn at an intersection and lost control and struck an unoccupied parked car in a driveway,” the statement read.

But the driver refused to stop and raced through an area near Hoover and East State Fair on the city’s north side, state police said.

While the man fled south, a Detroit police officer helping troopers stopped northbound traffic at Seven Mile and Hoover with his squad car, according to the statement.

When trying to maneuver around the other drivers stopped near the traffic light, the fleeing motorist “lost control and struck the DPD vehicle,” state police said. “The suspect then struck two more vehicles that were sitting northbound on Hoover at the traffic light at Seven Mile.”

No injuries were reported, state police said.

Troopers arrested the driver. He was held on outstanding warrants pending a review by the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office.