Detroit police chase ends with car on fire

Karen Bouffard
The Detroit News

Detroit — A Detroit police chase that ensued after a driver allegedly pointed a gun at police ended when the suspect’s vehicle burst into flames, forcing the driver to pull over.

No shots were fired in the incident that started about 11 a.m. when Detroit police heard shots fired in the vicinity of Six Mile and Grand River. While investigating the source of the gun fire, police saw a male suspect driving a Dodge Journey allegedly point a gun at them, and then flee the area at a high rate of speed.

During the police chase, a tire blew out on the Journey, according to Detroit Public Information Officer Jennifer Moreno.

“(The suspect was) riding on the rim, it sparked and caught the engine compartment on fire,” Moreno said.

The driver was forced to pull over on Six Mile at Third, on the city’s west side, according to Moreno.

“After that the officers rescued the suspects out of the vehicle and also recovered several bags of narcotics.”

The lone suspect suffered minor injuries that did not require treatment, Moreno said. He was taken to the Detroit Detention Center to await possible charges.