Driver escapes police in two-county chase

James David Dickson
The Detroit News

Macomb Township — The Macomb County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in locating the driver of a white Ford F-250 truck, who escaped after leaving police on a chase through Macomb and Wayne counties on Tuesday morning.

A sheriff’s deputy first had contact with the truck at about 4:50 a.m. Tuesday on Gratiot, near Hall Road, after finding it parked in the center lane, in front of a Pennzoil oil change shop. The trailer the truck was pulling had its lights off.

When the deputy stopped to take a closer look, a passenger hopped out of the truck and ran toward the business, which was closed at that hour. Once there, the passenger allegedly entered a white Chrysler Sebring parked at the shop and pulled away.

The police ran the license plate on the Sebring — and found that the plate was instead associated with a Cadillac Escalade. The Sebring and the F-250 then headed west on Hall Road. While the Sebring kept heading westbound, the F-250 turned around, headed east, then hopped on I-94 west.

The deputy followed. Another came out to Hall Road to continue pursuit of the Sebring, but it was not to be found.

The deputy ran the license plate on the F-250, and no records could be found. The trailer the truck was pulling was registered to a landscaping company in Walkerton, Indiana. After that, the deputy turned on lights and sirens and gave chase. The F-250 responded by hitting the gas, reaching speeds of 75 mph, just above the 70 mph speed limit on 94.

The truck hit another, slower moving vehicle that was also on 94, causing that vehicle to spin out of control. The deputy stopped pursuit of the truck to help the two people in the hit vehicle. The car took severe damage, police say, but the people in it did not.

When the truck took 94 across county lines into Detroit, Macomb dropped its pursuit. A Michigan State Police vehicle took over the chase, but dropped back when the truck got took the exit to I-75 South.

At different points, Macomb County, Roseville and Michigan State Police were chasing the vehicle. Roseville police dropped “stop-sticks” on 94 near 12 Mile Road, to no avail.

The drivers of both vehicles are still at large. Macomb is describing the driver of the F-250 as a white male in his teens or early 20s. He wore a black hooded sweatshirt.

People who have information on the case are encouraged to call the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office at (586) 307-9412.

jdickson@detroitnews.com