WB I-94 at 12 Mile reopens after theft of cop car leads to crash
Westbound Interstate 94 at 12 Mile in Roseville has reopened Tuesday afternoon after a crash during a police chase closed the highway for hours, officials said.
The incident included a chase and a stolen police car, and it ended in one arrest in Roseville and a second in Detroit, police said.
The car chase started at around 7:15 a.m. in the area of Hall and M-53, according to a statement from the Sterling Heights Police Department. Police received a report of shots fired between a Dodge Durango and a Ford Fusion. As officers attempted to pull over the Durango, they realized it was pursuing the Fusion into the area of Canterbury and Schoenherr.
The Durango stopped for police on a side street. Someone inside the Fusion got out of the vehicle and fled on foot. Officers gave chase to the person on foot, as the driver of the Fusion headed off "in an unknown direction."
During the foot pursuit, he doubled back and jumped into a Sterling Heights police car that had been left running, police said, and drove off.
Officers pursued the stolen cop car onto I-94. The pursuit ended near 12 Mile when the police car collided with a Macomb County Sheriff's Office vehicle.
Police arrested a suspect after the crash.
Sterling Heights police say they were notified by the Warren Police Department that the Ford Fusion had been located southbound on Van Dyke into Detroit. In the area of Linden Drive, two people in the Fusion fled on foot, police said. After a pursuit, police arrested one suspect. A second person remains at large.
A 911 caller initially said he saw the Durango fire shots at the Fusion while heading westbound.
"I couldn't see people in the car. Just know it was definitely gunfire," the caller said. "... That was scary. Oh my God."
Police believe the incident began in Utica, but gave no additional details.
Westbound I-94 reopened at 12 Mile at 2:30 p.m.