Two men are expected to be arraigned after the burgundy Chevrolet Tahoe they were driving crashed into other cars, including one that was pushed through a wall of Hastings Auto Parts in Hazel Park. The men were fleeing from police in Warren after allegedly stealing from a house there.

Two men are expected to be arraigned after the burgundy Chevrolet Tahoe they were driving crashed into other cars, including one that was pushed through a wall of Hastings Auto Parts in Hazel Park. The men were fleeing from police in Warren after allegedly stealing from a house there.

Photos by Brian Louwers


Alleged thieves flee police in Warren, crash in Hazel Park

By: Brian Louwers | C&G Newspapers | Published August 12, 2019

 Several vehicles were smashed into at the intersection of Nine Mile Road and the Interstate 75 service drive in Hazel Park.

Several vehicles were smashed into at the intersection of Nine Mile Road and the Interstate 75 service drive in Hazel Park.

Photo by Brian Louwers

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WARREN/HAZEL PARK — Two men found themselves in hot water Aug. 10 after a violent crash at the intersection of Nine Mile Road and the Interstate 75 service drive in Hazel Park. That’s where the Chevrolet Tahoe they were using to flee Warren police collided with two vehicles and plowed over a light pole before it smashed a parked car through the wall of an auto parts store.

It all began at about 8:15 a.m., when Warren police were dispatched to a home undergoing renovations in the 13400 block of Vernon Avenue, near Schoenherr and Eight Mile roads.

“As officers approached, they completed loading a hot water tank into the suspect vehicle,” Warren Police Detective Sgt. Paul Houtos said. “One guy was already in the driver’s seat. The other guy jumped in the suspect vehicle and they fled.”

A pursuit ensued and eventually continued onto westbound Interstate 696, and then to southbound I-75, where the burgundy Tahoe exited the freeway at Nine Mile. There, the vehicle apparently blew through a red light at the intersection and struck a white transit van, clipped a blue Chevrolet Equinox, and mowed down a light pole in the parking lot of the Mobil gas station on the southwest corner. The Tahoe then smashed into a parked car and pushed it through the north wall of Hastings Auto Parts on the service drive, just south of Nine Mile.

The driver, 22-year-old Tyler Jerrymiah Smith, of Redford, was treated at the hospital and released into police custody. He is reportedly wheelchair-bound and was apparently using a walking stick to operate the Tahoe’s gas pedal and brake.

The passenger, 19-year-old Scotty Lamar Ogburn, of Ypsilanti, was initially hospitalized.

Both men were later arraigned on charges of second-degree home invasion and conspiracy. Smith was also charged with second-degree fleeing and eluding and driving with a suspended license.

Judge Michael Chupa set bail at $75,000 for Smith and $40,000 for Ogburn. Neither man had an attorney, according to court records at press time, and both remained held in the Macomb County Jail ahead of a probable cause conference scheduled for 8:45 a.m. Aug. 22 in the 37th District Court before Judge John Chmura.

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