Bystanders apprehend hit-and-run suspect

By: Kayla Dimick | Southfield Sun | Published June 26, 2019

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SOUTHFIELD — Witnesses to a recent crash apprehended a man before police arrived around 3:09 a.m. June 9.

An officer was dispatched to the area of Southfield Road and George Washington Drive on a report that a vehicle had fled from an accident on M-10.

Police said dispatchers told the officer that the suspect’s vehicle was described as a Dodge Charger and they gave a description of the license plate. Dispatchers also told the officer that witnesses had followed the suspect vehicle before the suspect vehicle became  disabled and had to stop.

While officers from the Michigan State Police were responding to the accident on M-10, a Southfield officer arrived at the location of the suspect vehicle and saw the Charger parked partially on the curb at Southfield Road and George Washington Drive.

Police said the Charger had fresh front-end damage, and the left front tire was missing.

“There were multiple people outside near the crashed Charger, and they were all pointing at the driver of the vehicle, who was standing within the group of people arguing with them,” police said in the report.

When the officer tried to speak to the driver and get him away from the witnesses, police said he was uncooperative and ignored directions.

Police said the driver of the suspect vehicle was becoming hostile toward the witnesses, so the officer grabbed onto the man’s arm and told him to step away from the crowd so that they could talk.

At this point, police said, the man “tensed his body up” and ripped his arm away from the officer before grabbing onto the officer’s bulletproof vest.

The officer took the suspect to the ground, where he continued to resist.

A witness to the crash, who was an off-duty officer from another jurisdiction, assisted the officer in getting the man secured and handcuffed.

Additional officers arrived at the scene and interviewed a witness, who said he had observed the suspect get out of the driver’s seat of the Charger and argue with the driver of a white pickup, who had started following the man after the crash on M-10.

“(The) witness heard the driver of the white pickup accuse the suspect of causing a major crash on M-10,” police said in the report.

Police said two witnesses saw the Charger driving recklessly on M-10 and weaving in and out of lanes before hitting another vehicle, causing it to roll over multiple times. The Charger then crashed into a concrete barrier and fled the scene.

Witnesses then followed the suspect to the area of Southfield Road and George Washington, where the vehicle lost a tire and became disabled.

Police arrested the suspect for operating while intoxicated and resisting and obstructing.