Driver leads police on lengthy chase, gets stuck in snow

By: Jeremy Selweski | Online Only | Published February 14, 2011

A 19-year-old Detroit man was arrested for attempting to escape police following a routine traffic stop.

At about 4:15 p.m. on Feb. 11, a Ferndale police officer pulled over a Ford Explorer with defective equipment on East Nine Mile Road, near Romeo Street, said Detective Lt. Bill Wilson. As the officer approached the vehicle, the driver, Brandon Williams, suddenly took off at a high rate of speed.

Williams fled into the adjacent residential neighborhood, where he struck a fire hydrant at Romeo and Orchard streets, Wilson said. He then made his way to Hilton Road and drove south toward Eight Mile Road, where he traveled eastbound in the westbound lanes of traffic. Williams then turned southbound into a Detroit neighborhood, where Ferndale police terminated their pursuit.

But within seconds, Wilson said, Detroit police located the Explorer and continued the chase. Ferndale officers assisted them by blocking off some of the residential streets. When Williams attempted to flee by driving through open parking lots between Annin and Carmel streets, his vehicle became stuck in the snow.

He then jumped out of the car and tried to get away on foot but was quickly caught by a Ferndale officer. Police checked Williams’ record and learned that his driver’s license was suspended, Wilson said.

The two passengers in the Explorer were also detained by police. However, they were released after further investigation showed that they had not committed any violations, Wilson said. Both men said that they had tried to convince Williams not to run away from police.

Williams was arraigned in Ferndale 43rd District Court on Feb. 12 on charges of fleeing and eluding police, reckless driving and driving with a suspended license. Magistrate James Brennan set bond at $50,000 cash or surety and scheduled a pre-exam conference for 11 a.m. Feb. 17.