A red Ford Mustang crashed into a home in the area of Main Street and Normandy Road March 19. Police believe that the driver was intoxicated.

A red Ford Mustang crashed into a home in the area of Main Street and Normandy Road March 19. Police believe that the driver was intoxicated.

Photo provided by the Royal Oak Police Department


Driver crashes into Royal Oak home

By: Sarah Wojcik | Royal Oak Review | Published April 6, 2021

Advertisement

ROYAL OAK — At approximately 8:05 p.m. March 19, Royal Oak police were en route to multiple calls about a red Ford Mustang being driven at very high speeds and running a red light on eastbound Normandy Road, near Delemere Boulevard.

Within two minutes of the calls, police dispatchers received additional calls about the same vehicle having crashed into a home near the intersection of Main Street and Normandy Road, approximately 1.5 miles from the original location of the speeding vehicle. The impact caused significant damage to the home.

Lt. Al Carter, of the Royal Oak Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division, said the intersection is shaped like a “T,” with drivers either having to turn left or right. Instead, he said, the driver of the vehicle, a 31-year-old Southfield man, careened straight into the house without braking.

Officers from the Royal Oak and Clawson police departments responded to the scene, and police said they quickly located the suspect hiding along the side of the home in question.

“He was able to get out of the car and walk to the side of the house where officers located him,” Carter said. “When officers tried to speak with him, he wasn’t really coherent and was obviously under the influence.”

According to the police report, the suspect was “delusional and did not make sense. He then attempted to run away and was placed under arrest without incident.”

In order to ensure the driver was not injured, despite appearing unharmed, the Royal Oak Fire Department transported him to Beaumont Hospital. While being treated, he was released from police custody, and Carter said police would make an arrest when the results of a blood draw come back, a process that can take some time.

Police believe alcohol and/or drugs are involved in the incident.

“The good thing is the homeowner, who was home at the time, wasn’t injured or harmed in any way,” Carter said. “Now the front of the home is all boarded up and the homeowner has to have insurance come and repair it.”

Advertisement