A 39-year-old parolee suspected of breaking into cars led Detroit and Southfield police on a white-knuckle chase during rush hour Friday morning before being boxed in and taken into custody. Police have yet to release the suspect’s name.
The criminal episode began at about 7:20 a.m. this morning when a Southfield police cruiser pulled the suspect over on 8 Mile Road near the Southfield Freeway.
The officer wanted to question the suspect about a dozen car break-ins in several cities.
The suspect assaulted the officer, rammed the cruiser, and sped away.
The suspect’s black Ford Taurus was spotted near 6 Mile Road and Telegraph, and the chase was on. The suspect drove fast and recklessly, weaving in and out of traffic.
He cruised through neighborhoods, blowing stop signs and driving on sidewalks.
But police had a dozen or more cars in pursuit, and soon they had an eye in the sky. A Sky 4 (WDIV) helicopter helped them keep track of the Taurus’ location.
Police tried to ram the car several times without success.
Finally at about 7:45 a.m. police cars managed to slow the vehicle down near Livernois Avenue and Norfolk Street. Several other cars rammed the suspect’s car into the side of a building.
Police approached with guns drawn, pulled the suspect out, knocked him to the ground and cuffed him.
No one was hurt in the incident.