Driver fleeing Warren police is shot in arm

By: Gena Johnson | Warren Weekly | Published December 6, 2023

 Michael Adkins

Michael Adkins


WARREN — A Detroit man who allegedly fled from Warren police during a traffic stop was arraigned in the 37th District Court on Nov. 17 and now faces 18 charges.

Michael Adkins, 26, was arraigned before Judge Suzanne Faunce and charged with 13 counts of assault with a dangerous weapon, a felony punishable by up to four years in prison; third-degree fleeing and eluding, a five-year felony; assaulting or resisting an officer causing injury, a four-year felony; and assaulting or resisting a police officer, a two-year-felony. Adkins also faces 93-day misdemeanor charges for reckless driving and operating with a suspended, revoked or denied license.

On Nov. 16 at around 2:40 p.m. Warren police stopped the driver and sole occupant of a silver Chevrolet Cruze. According to police, the vehicle was speeding in the area of Eight Mile Road and Montrose Avenue.

Police video indicated a siren was sounded and that the suspect pulled onto the shoulder of the road and stopped. An officer approached the Cruze and asked the driver for identification. According to the suspect on video, he did not have identification. The officer then asked the driver to put the vehicle in park, turn off the engine and to give the officers the keys. Police said the suspect did not turn off the vehicle and raised the driver’s window. The officer can be seen running back to the patrol vehicle. The silver Cruze drove off. Other police patrol vehicles approached the Cruze and drove within inches alongside it. The driver reportedly evaded the police vehicles and the chase continued for about a mile.

According to police, the suspect’s vehicle struck two marked Warren patrol cars that were attempting to “box in” the vehicle to apprehend the suspect.

Officers pursued the Cruze along several streets. The Chevy reportedly entered westbound Interstate 94 near Woodward when the suspect encountered traffic and struck the center median. The suspect’s vehicle then reportedly struck uninvolved motorists. According to police, Adkins was shot in the arm and immediately transported to an area hospital. He was later released and taken to the Warren Police Department, police said.

Warren Police Commissioner William Dwyer said the investigation was ongoing and that no officers were injured.

Adkins entered a not guilty plea before the judge, who set bond at $500,000 cash or surety only.

According to police, at the time of Adkins’ arrest, he had no driver’s license and 19 traffic warrants for his arrest. He was reportedly wanted for an alleged probation violation in Wayne County.

Efforts were made to contact Adkins’ attorney of record, Daniel J. Reid. He was not available for comment by press time.

A probable cause conference was held in the 37th District Court before Judge Michael Chupa on Nov. 28. Adkins remains held in the Macomb County Jail ahead of a preliminary examination set for 8:45 a.m. on Dec. 5.