Police: Man steals car, crashes into homes, cop car

James David Dickson
The Detroit News

Michigan State Police troopers say they arrested a man and recovered a stolen vehicle Monday afternoon after a chase that resulted in damage to a trooper’s vehicle and required a helicopter and two homes on Detroit’s west side.

The chase started about 6 p.m. Monday when troopers from the state police’s Secure Cities Partnership saw a 2002 Dodge Caravan allegedly driving “recklessly” on Plymouth Road. Troopers had to swerve to avoid the vehicle, and followed it eastbound on Plymouth, according to a release from the Michigan State Police.

The Caravan turned north on Terry, and troopers followed. When Terry dead-ended, police say troopers tried to box the car in.

But its driver allegedly “continued past troopers, intentionally striking their patrol car” before turning onto Prest, losing control of the Caravan, and hitting the front porches of two homes on Prest.

At that point the suspect allegedly ditched the Caravan, which police say was stolen, and fled on foot. Trooper 2, a state police helicopter that was patrolling the same area as the troopers, helped track the suspect.

After the suspect displayed what police described as “active aggression,” troopers used pepper spray and a Taser to restrain and arrest him. He was taken to the Detroit Detention Center and held on multiple felony charges. The case is pending review by the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office.

State police did not immediately have demographic information on the suspect, Lt. Mike Shaw said.

Police made notifications to the homes that were damaged.