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Home invasion suspects evade cops before crash, Warren police say

Evan James Carter
The Detroit News

Two suspects were expected to be arraigned in 37th District Court in Warren on Monday on charges of attempting to break into a home, and fleeing and eluding police.

At about 8:10 a.m. Saturday, police responded to reports of an attempted home invasion of an abandoned house near the intersection of Nine Mile and Schoenherr in Warren, according to Warren Police Commissioner William Dwyer.

When police arrived at the scene, they saw the suspects enter an SUV and drive away Dwyer said.

The suspects led police on a chase from Interstate 696 west to Interstate 75 south, eventually exiting on Nine Mile in Hazel Park, police said, where they allegedly crashed into a Mobile digital sign displaying the station's gas prices.

The SUV then crashed into a northern wall at Hastings Auto Parts, just a few feet south of where the driver struck the Mobile sign, Dwyer said.

Dwyer said the two suspects were the only two to suffer injuries in the incident, which he said "was not a high-speed chase." 

Tony Saba, a manager at the Mobile gas station on Nine Mile and Chrysler Drive, where the crash occurred, didn't work Saturday, but said it was lucky that people weren't standing near the Hastings Auto Parts when the SUV crashed into it. 

"There's normally a lot of people back there" who could have been injured or killed, but the area was empty, Saba said.  "... So we got lucky."

Saba said that the hole in the wall of Mobilehas been temporarily covered by 2 by 4 boards until the wall can be fixed. 

Dwyer said that a police chase ending in a vehicle crashing into a building is uncommon, but he's seen such instances before.

"I've been in law enforcement 50 years, so I've kind of seen it all," he said.