Crime briefs of the year in Shelby Township

Shelby - Utica News | Published January 17, 2022

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SHELBY TOWNSHIP/UTICA — Here’s a look back at some of the most interesting and bizarre local crime briefs from 2021:


Drunken man who pumped gas while drinking beer arrested
SHELBY TOWNSHIP — At approximately 5:15 p.m. March 30, officers were dispatched to a gas station on 23 Mile Road near M-53 for a driver drinking beer at a gas pump. The caller provided a description of the vehicle, and responding officers observed it still parked at the gas pump with the driver inside it, smoking cigarettes. Officers observed beer cans inside the vehicle, and the driver admitted to drinking, police said. Field sobriety tests were conducted, and the driver was arrested for operating while intoxicated.


Man found drunk in police parking lot
SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Officers investigated a suspicious vehicle in front of the Police Department at approximately 6:50 p.m. April 13. The driver displayed signs of intoxication and admitted to drinking, police said. Field sobriety tests were conducted and the driver was arrested for operating while intoxicated-third offense. While being processed, the driver allegedly caused damage in the cellblock and was additionally charged with malicious destruction of police property.


Hit-and-run driver leaves coolant trail
BIRMINGHAM — Officers were dispatched to the area of South Old Woodward Avenue and Brown Street just before 10 p.m. April 18 on a report of a hit-and-run accident.

A caller told police that a vehicle had struck a parked van and continued northbound on Old Woodward.

Upon arrival, officers noticed a trail of fresh coolant leading away from the scene of the crash. They followed the trail and found a vehicle leaking coolant, with front-end damage, parked in front of 220 E. Merrill St. A bystander was attempting to open the passenger door, asking if the driver was all right, but was unable to due to the extent of the damage.

Officers made contact with the driver, a 36-year-old Shelby Township woman who allegedly smelled of intoxicants. Asked if she recalled hitting another vehicle, she said she did not and that her vehicle “went off the roadway and went up a ramp.”

The driver could not explain where she had been prior to the incident but said she’d had two glasses of wine that evening. A preliminary breath test revealed she had a blood alcohol content more than twice the legal limit. She was arrested for driving under the influence.


Resident spots stop sign theft
SHELBY TOWNSHIP — At approximately 11:50 p.m. May 15, an officer was dispatched to the area of Melton and Cornwall streets for a larceny report. The caller had observed three teenagers carrying a stop sign away from the intersection, which is in the general area of West Utica and Ryan roads. The officer checked the area and recovered the missing sign.


Man hugging tree taken to hospital
STERLING HEIGHTS — A man in his 40s was allegedly chucking objects at vehicles just after 3 p.m. Sept. 5 near the Kroger at the intersection of Dequindre and 18 Mile roads. Police said they found the man hugging a tree, yelling and speaking incoherently about his father. The man thought he was in Shelby Township or Utica, and he wore a hospital wristband, police said. Officers apprehended him and reportedly found trash, twigs and rocks in his pockets. Police said they then took him to the hospital.


Wrong-way driver causes crashes
UTICA — The Utica Police Department reported that, at 9:32 p.m. Oct. 6, an intoxicated wrong-way driver collided with several vehicles at M-59 and Van Dyke Avenue. A 20-year-old resident of Troy was headed westbound in the eastbound lanes. A passenger was ejected from the driver’s vehicle, and one vehicle that was struck caught fire. 

The driver was being investigated for driving while impaired or intoxicated.


Beans, eggs thrown at front door
SHELBY TOWNSHIP — An officer was dispatched to a residence on Milonas Drive, which runs between 21 Mile and 22 Mile roads, west of Hayes, for a malicious destruction of property report at approximately 4:05 p.m. Nov. 14. The resident reported that sometime during the last two days, someone had thrown a bag containing raw eggs and baked beans at their front door. Upon investigation, the food product was able to be washed off, and there were no damages to the door.


Lightning McQueen toy thrown during argument
SHELBY TOWNSHIP — At approximately 4:23 p.m. Nov. 26, officers were dispatched to an apartment complex in the area of West Utica and Ryan roads for a domestic violence report. A 53-year-old man and his 36-year-old wife got into a verbal argument, which the man reportedly stated began to escalate as the woman punched him in his eye. The woman then threw a Lightning McQueen toy car at him, as well, which struck him in the face, cutting his nose and lip. Officers arrested the woman for domestic violence, and she was transported to the Shelby Township Police Department.