Police arrest driver in crash that injured one, damaged building

By: Kara Szymanski | Royal Oak Review | Published December 22, 2017

 A vehicle comes to rest at about 6:40 p.m. Dec. 15 after crashing into a building on 11 Mile Road, near Woodward Avenue, that houses a dermatologist’s office. Police arrested the motorist for drunken driving.

A vehicle comes to rest at about 6:40 p.m. Dec. 15 after crashing into a building on 11 Mile Road, near Woodward Avenue, that houses a dermatologist’s office. Police arrested the motorist for drunken driving.

Screenshot from footage provided by Royal Oak Police Department

ROYAL OAK — The Royal Oak Police Department responded to a crash at 11 Mile Road and Woodward Avenue at 6:40 p.m. Dec. 15 that involved an SUV hitting multiple vehicles and then a building.

According to police, the SUV struck multiple vehicles on Woodward Avenue before hitting a commercial building on 11 Mile Road and significantly damaging it.

A 36-year-old Birmingham resident was taken into custody following the crash. There were no passengers in the vehicle during the time of the incident. The driver was arrested for operating while intoxicated.

An occupant in one of the vehicles that the suspect reportedly hit sustained a significant non-life-threatening injury and was transported to the hospital, according to police.

A Royal Oak officer, who was near the scene of the crash when it occurred, captured the incident on his police car’s camera.

“It’s rare we catch incidents like these on our dash cams,” said Royal Oak Police Lt. Keith Spencer.

The suspect hit vehicles at a light on Woodward Avenue, drove across the St John’s Episcopal Church lawn and then continued driving down 11 Mile Road, where the vehicle hit a bus stop structure and the building, which houses the office of a dermatologist. According to Spencer, the bus stop had to be taken down after the incident.

The officer immediately turned on his emergency lights and followed the driver to the location where the vehicle struck the building.

Footage released by the Royal Oak Police Department on YouTube indicates that there was a witness on foot near the building during the time of the incident.

The driver’s blood alcohol content was not released.

Spencer said the suspect potentially would be facing more charges after the occupant of one of the vehicles, who was originally transported to the hospital for minor injuries, was now suffering from a significant non-life-threatening injury.

The name of the person injured and those in the vehicles hit were not released.

The prior history of the suspect reportedly was still under investigation.

“This is a reminder that around the holiday season, alcohol and driving don’t mix. We were just fortunate that no other injuries occurred. Don’t drink and drive,” said Spencer.