2 who fled state police in Wayne County arrested

Mark Hicks
The Detroit News

Two motorists ended up behind bars Wednesday after leading Michigan State Police troopers on chases in Wayne County, the agency reported.

Troopers assigned to the 9th Precinct Secure Cities Partnership tried to stop a vehicle for a license plate violation about 8 p.m. but the driver continued driving, investigators said in a statement.

The driver led troopers on a pursuit for about three minutes but his vehicle “jumped a curb and became disabled in an open lot,” according to the release.

That’s when he and a passenger fled on foot, but troopers quickly caught up and arrested him without incident.

The driver, who has not been named, was held at the Detroit Detention Center, state police said. Other details were not released.

Within two hours of that chase Wednesday night, troopers reported starting another after a driver on Interstate 94 wouldn’t stop for them.

That driver drove until hitting a street sign about five minutes later, authorities said. Undeterred, the man then fled on foot.

Troopers set up a perimeter and enlisted a K-9, “Otto,” to help find him.

After following a trail with his partner, “Otto quickly found the suspect hiding under a van,” state police said. “As Otto stuck his head under the van, the suspect kicked Otto in the head several times. Otto bit the suspect in the left shin and gained control of the suspect.”

Troopers tried to apprehend the driver, but he resisted, prompting them to use pepper spray. He was taken to the Detroit Detention Center.

“These are just two more examples of people risking the lives of the public and police by failing to stop for a cop,” said MSP First Lt. Mike Shaw, the agency’s public information officer. “Simple traffic violations were made far worse by these individuals failing to obey the directions of police.”