Additional charges possible in alleged shooting, fleeing in Royal Oak

By: Sarah Wojcik | Royal Oak Review | Published June 10, 2019

 Defendant Tolonna Kela Boone, 37,  of Detroit, stands with  her defense attorney,  Andrew R. Mikos, at the 44th District Court June 7.

Defendant Tolonna Kela Boone, 37, of Detroit, stands with her defense attorney, Andrew R. Mikos, at the 44th District Court June 7.

Photo by Sarah Wojcik

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ROYAL OAK — According to Marc Keast, assistant prosecuting attorney with the Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office, there are nine discs of discovery and additional charges are possible in a May 29 incident involving a shot fired and a high-speed chase.

Defendant Tolonna Kela Boone, 37, of Detroit, currently is facing nine felony charges related to the incident, which allegedly started during a large altercation outside of a Royal Oak nightclub.

At approximately 2:09 a.m. May 29, Royal Oak police responded to multiple 911 calls about a large fight outside of Strada, 366 N. Main St., that spilled over to the parking lot of Emagine Theatre, 200 N. Main St.

Officers learned that a woman reportedly had fired a handgun during the altercation, and officers located Boone driving a Tesla, with a passenger, pulling out of West University Avenue at Main Street.

Police said officers stopped the vehicle, but it took off when officers asked the driver to step out of the vehicle, and it traveled southbound on Main Street at speeds in excess of 100 mph. A police officer had to jump out of the way to avoid being stuck, police said.

The vehicle lost control, struck a lamppost and caught fire at Main Street and 10 Mile Road, and police said they apprehended the driver after a short foot chase. The passenger was hospitalized for non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

“A .22-caliber revolver was located inside the vehicle. It did have one spent casing in it,” Royal Oak Police Chief Corrigan O’Donohue said in a prior interview.

On June 7, 44th District Court Judge Derek Meinecke granted the motion of Ronald D. Roberts, the original defense attorney on the case, to withdraw, and also agreed to adjourn Boone’s probable cause conference to June 21 at the behest of her new court-appointed attorney, Andrew R. Mikos.

“There’s quite a voluminous amount of discovery here,” Mikos said when asking for the adjournment. “The prosecutor that’s assigned to the case is out of the office today, so I’m hoping the court will grant a short adjournment.”

Ricardo Polanco, assistant prosecuting attorney with the Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office, is assigned to the case.

Mikos also requested that Meinecke allow Boone to be able to post 10% of her current bond, which is set at $125,000. However, Meinecke opted to continue bond on Keast’s recommendation.

“The people do ask the court not to modify bond at this time,” Keast said.

He said that the defendant fired one shot directed at an individual during the altercation and that she fled when police made contact, nearly striking a police officer.

“The defendant, in an attempt to escape, drove directly at a police officer. That officer was forced to jump out of the way to avoid being struck by the car,” Keast said. “In my opinion, this defendant has been undercharged in that regard. I did speak with defense counsel about the possibility of amending this to assault with intent to murder.”

Keast said she led police on a high-speed police chase through downtown Royal Oak, where the speed limit is 25 mph, at speeds over 100 mph.

“In her own words, 150 mph,” Keast said. “She crashed the vehicle, causing the vehicle to catch fire and leaving an injured passenger in the vehicle. The charges are extreme.”

He added that, looking at Boone’s criminal history, she had at least one bench warrant for failure to appear, an indication that she could potentially be a flight risk.

Boone’s charges include second-degree fleeing and eluding a police officer causing injury, a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison; reckless driving causing serious impairment of a body function, a felony punishable by up to five years in prison; failure to stop at the scene of an accident resulting in serious impairment or death, a felony punishable by up to five years in prison; carrying a concealed weapon, a felony punishable by up to five years in prison; assault with a dangerous weapon (motor vehicle), a felony punishable by up to four years in prison; and four counts of felony firearm, punishable by up to two years in prison.

Her criminal history includes a conviction for marijuana possession, according to police.

Roberts did not respond to a request for comment by press time.

Call Staff Writer Sarah Wojcik at (586) 218-5006.

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