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2 drivers arrested after state police chases in Detroit

Mark Hicks
The Detroit News

Two drivers are facing charges after leading Michigan State Police on chases through Detroit this week, the agency said.

Illegally tinted windows on a 2002 BMW sedan led Metro South Post troopers to try to stop the first motorist near Woodward and State Fair at about 10:15 a.m. Tuesday, state police said. They also learned the vehicle wasn’t registered properly, according to a statement.

But the driver sped off, “disregarded all traffic signals and took several evasive maneuvers,” the release read. “Troopers lost sight of the vehicle and terminated the pursuit.”

After checking further, troopers identified the driver and drove to his address.

In the front yard, they found both the BMW and its driver, who was “smoking a marijuana cigarette next to the vehicle,” MSP said.

He was arrested and held at the Detroit Detention Center pending a prosecutor’s review.

The second case started about 1:45 a.m. Wednesday, when troopers from the Special Enforcement Section, Secure Cities Partnership Detroit spotted a 2015 Ford Edge driving without any lights near Courville and Wayburn on the city’s east side, investigators reported.

The driver refused to pull over, so troopers pursued his vehicle south on Wayburn. When turning onto Berkshire, the motorist “lost control and struck a tree, disabling his vehicle,” state police said.

He then fled on foot, but troopers quickly caught up to him and took the man into custody without incident.

Authorities learned the driver had a felony arrest warrant and Clinton Township police confirmed the vehicle he crashed was reported stolen.

The driver was transported to Detroit Receiving Hospital for injuries sustained in the crash then held at the Detroit Detention Center pending a prosecutor’s review, state police said Wednesday.