Ferndale police car stolen, wrecked; suspect arrested in Detroit
Ferndale — The theft of a Ferndale Police Department SUV, beganFriday morning, with a routine police run andended in the vehicle being crashed in Detroit and the woman who allegedly drove off with it being arrested.
A Ferndale police officer responded to a 911 call from someone whose Uber driver had inadvertently driven off with the caller's luggage. The officer parked at Nine Mile near Woodward, right outside of Como's, and went to investigate.
At that point, a 24-year-old woman "made a beeline across Woodward," hopped into the still-running SUV, and took off, said Sgt. Baron Brown, a Ferndale Police Department spokesman.
Police sometimes leave their vehicles running, but locked, for convenience, Brown said.
In the end, the driver crashed the vehicle on Detroit's west side before being arrested. The crash took place in the area of West Seven Mile and Stoepel, west of Livernois.
As for the vehicle itself, the SUV is "severely damaged" and all of its airbags deployed on contact, Brown said.