3 cops suffer ‘minor injuries’ chasing stolen U-Haul

James David Dickson
The Detroit News

Three law enforcement officers — two Michigan State Police troopers and one sheriff’s deputy from Macomb County — suffered minor injuries in an early Wednesday morning police chase involving a U-Haul truck, said Lt. Mike Shaw of the Michigan State Police.

The chase started about 1:50 a.m. on Interstate 94 near 23 Mile, when the U-Haul was pulled over on an equipment violation, Shaw said. The vehicle refused to stop.

Macomb County sheriff’s deputies joined the low-speed pursuit — the U-Haul probably only reached a top speed of 55 miles per hour, Shaw said — and twice laid down stop sticks, which shredded some of the truck’s tires.

The U-Haul, still fleeing, hit a deputy’s patrol vehicle and a trooper’s car. One sheriff’s deputy and two state troopers were injured in the crash. They were transported to a local hospital, treated, and have been released, Shaw said.

The pursuit ended when the U-Haul hit a tree on a lawn in Grosse Pointe Shores. Two male suspects were arrested without incident, and Shaw said they admitted to having stolen the U-Haul, though state police don’t yet know where it was stolen from.

The suspects are in custody, Shaw said.