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Ferndale vehicle chase ends with 4 in hospital

By: Mike Koury | Woodward Talk | Published February 15, 2020

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FERNDALE — Four people have been sent to the hospital following a vehicle chase that saw one man arrested by the Ferndale Police Department.

Harris Howard, 26, was arrested by Ferndale police Feb. 14 after he allegedly attempted to flee at a high rate of speed on Eight Mile Road.

According to a Police Department statement, at approximately 9:15 p.m., a Ferndale officer was on patrol near westbound Eight Mile Road when he observed a 2019 black Nissan Pathfinder driving 70 mph in a 40 mph zone. 

The officer activated his emergency lights to stop the vehicle. The driver, whom police identified as Howard, appeared at first to be pulling over and turned on his vehicle’s four-way emergency flashers.

Howard, who has an address listed in Florida, allegedly chose not to stop and began driving away from the patrol vehicle, reaching speeds of 70 mph once again, according to police.

The pursuit lasted less than a minute — from Livernois Avenue to Eight Mile and Wyoming in Royal Oak Charter Township — before Howard crashed his Nissan into another vehicle, police said. He allegedly ran from the scene, but he was soon arrested by a Michigan State Police officer.

Howard’s vehicle contained a passenger — a 26-year-old Iowa woman. According to police, she suffered serious injuries in the crash and was transported to Sinai Grace Hospital in Detroit. The press release states that she is in serious but stable condition. 

Police said that the vehicle struck by Howard’s Nissan held three older occupants, who were all injured.

“The driver and back-seat passenger were transported to Ascension Providence Hospital in Southfield by Superior Ambulance where they are in temporary serious but stable condition,” the statement reads. “The front seat passenger was also transported to Ascension Providence Hospital by Ferndale Fire/Rescue and her condition is serious and unstable.”

The case is under investigation by Ferndale police.

Howard was arraigned Feb. 15 at the 43rd District Court on a charge of second-degree fleeing and eluding, and he was given a bond of $250,000 cash or surety. His next court date is scheduled for 2 p.m. March 2.

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