Case of alleged police car joyrider goes to circuit court

By: Mike Koury | Woodward Talk | Published July 22, 2019

 Destiny Hawkins

Destiny Hawkins

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FERNDALE — A woman accused of taking a joyride in a Ferndale police car will see her case adjudicated in Oakland County Circuit Court.

At a probable cause conference July 15 at the Ferndale 43rd District Court, Destiny Hawkins, the woman charged with fleeing and eluding and unlawfully driving away an automobile, had her case bound over to Oakland County Circuit Court. Both charges are five-year felonies.

Hawkins’ first appearance at the court before Judge Phyllis McMillien will be at 1 p.m. July 25. Her attorney, Ray Correll, could not be reached for comment by press time.

According to the Ferndale Police Department, Hawkins allegedly took the patrol car July 5 while an officer was helping a civilian at the time with a predicament.

“A bystander yells to the officer, ‘Hey, she’s getting in your car,’” Ferndale Police Sgt. Baron Brown said in a previous interview. “The officer looks and starts running towards his scout car and ... sees her putting it into gear and taking off.”

She then allegedly drove it onto Interstate 696.

Police were able to track the patrol car to the Nine Mile Road exit off of Interstate 75 and followed it to Seven Mile Road and Livernois Avenue. Driving erratically through both lanes of traffic, Hawkins allegedly crashed the vehicle into a truck.

The patrol car, disabled from the crash, continued moving and hit a parked vehicle to come to a stop.

“Because of the damage that was to the front of the scout car, she couldn’t open the door, so she was kind of stuck in there,” Brown said. “Plus, all the airbags deployed. So she couldn’t see anything. She couldn’t get out of the car. She was kind of stuck in there.”

The 24-year-old woman allegedly took the car for a ride because she wanted to “have some fun,” according to police.

Hawkins remains in the Oakland County Jail with her bond set at $250,000, no 10%.

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