Rochester Hills, Shelby Township
Police chase driver on stolen motorcycle
By Linda Shepard and Sarah Wojcik
Posted August 6, 2014
ROCHESTER HILLS — A 44-year-old Mount Clemens man has been arrested for fleeing police on a stolen motorcycle, according to an Oakland County Sheriff’s Office report.
A deputy observed the orange 2000 Harley-Davidson motorcycle at 9:17 p.m. July 26 near Auburn and Crooks roads and stopped the driver because the motorcycle had no rear lights or registration plate. The man riding the motorcycle reportedly could not produce identification but gave the deputy his name and date of birth.
While the deputy turned back to his patrol car to check the driver’s name, the motorcycle driver started the cycle engine and started to take off. The deputy grabbed the cycle driver’s jacket, but the driver accelerated and broke the deputy’s grasp.
The police officer activated his patrol car’s overhead lights and siren, and pursued the motorcycle into a wooded area off Crooks Road, near Auburn. Police apprehended the cycle driver and took him into custody. Upon investigation, police discovered that the motorcycle was reported stolen in Shelby Township.
The Shelby Township Police Department impounded the motorcycle and Shelby Township Police Capt. Stephen Stanbury said that police contacted the owner of the motorcycle and advised him that his motorcycle had been recovered. At press time, the motorcycle was in the possession of the Shelby Township Police Department. Due to the suspect driving the motorcycle off the road in an attempt to evade police, the motorcycle sustained substantial damage.
Stanbury said police responded to a call from the owner of the motorcycle at around 5:35 p.m. May 28 at Spring Hill Apartments, located near Ryan and West Utica roads. The owner told police that he had parked the orange 2000 Harley-Davidson in the parking lot at about 11:30 p.m. May 27 and that he discovered the vehicle missing at about 11:30 a.m. May 28, Stanbury said.
“He had one set of keys, and he had them in his possession,” Stanbury said. “The bike was paid in full, so it wasn’t repossessed, and there were no suspects at the time. We put it in (the Law Enforcement Information Network database) as stolen.”
The motorcycle driver was lodged at the Oakland County Jail in Pontiac pending charges of fleeing and eluding police, possession of a stolen motorcycle and resisting and obstructing police while driving with a suspended license. The suspect was found to have outstanding Friend of the Court warrants from Oakland and Macomb counties, police said.
About the author
Staff Writer Linda Shepard covers Rochester Hills and Oakland Township for the Rochester Post. Shepard has worked for C & G Newspapers since 1998, graduated from Oakland University and is a past winner of the Michigan Press Association award. Shepard takes an avid interest in Detroit’s history and current rebirth.
About the author
Staff Writer Sarah Wojcik covers Shelby Township and Utica for the Shelby-Utica News. Sarah has worked for C & G Newspapers since 2013 and attended Oakland University. She won three Excellence in Journalism awards from the Detroit chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.
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