Suspect in Pontiac car theft shot in butt, charged

Charles E. Ramirez
The Detroit News

A 19-year-old Pontiac man has been charged with stealing a car and fleeing police last Friday, officials said.

Deshawn Martin Simpson was formally charged in court this week with five crimes, including unlawfully driving away a motor vehicle, injuring a police animal and resisting arrest.


The unlawfully driving away charge is a felony punishable by up to six years in prison. The other two charges are also felonies, but they carry 2-year penalties.

He was also charged with violating his probation on a firearms possession charge.

A judge set his bond at $30,000 and scheduled his next court appearances. A hearing on his probation violation is set for Tuesday in Sixth Circuit Court in Pontiac. He is also set to appear in a Pontiac district court on Thursday for a hearing on the other charges.

Oakland County Sheriff's deputies said they arrested Simpson last week after responding to a report of a carjacking in the area of North Perry and Pike streets in Pontiac.

Police interviewed the victim and she said her vehicle, a white GMC Jimmy, was parked in front of a pizzeria when it was stolen. She followed her vehicle with her sister in another car, officials said.

Deputies spotted the vehicle traveling east on M-59 west of Rochester Road and attempted to conduct a traffic stop. The driver refused to stop and continued traveling on M-59 into Macomb County, authorities said.

A deputy executed a maneuver to disable the vehicle and the suspect got out of the car and fled on foot, police said.

During a foot chase, the suspect pulled out a large "Rambo-style" knife and was shot in the buttocks by police, officials said. He was then taken to a hospital to be treated for the wound and then transported to the Oakland County Jail.