Man arrested for leading local police on chase, allegedly stealing car

By: Victoria Mitchell | Royal Oak Review | Published January 10, 2017




ROYAL OAK — Police said that a 17-year-old Madison Heights man had his day in court Friday after leading officers on a multi-city chase while driving a stolen car.

Destin La-Roy Hollis was arraigned in 44th District Court the morning of Jan. 6 and charged with one count of unlawful driving away of an automobile and one count of third-degree fleeing and eluding police. Both felony charges carry a sentence of up to five years in prison.

Hollis also was charged with driving without ever having acquired an operator’s license, which is a misdemeanor carrying a term of up to 93 days in jail and/or a $500 fine.

Hollis pleaded not guilty to all charges and asked for a court-appointed attorney. As of press time, an attorney had not yet been assigned. Hollis’ bond was set at $25,000 cash or surety, no 10 percent.

The suspect has no prior convictions, and his next scheduled court appearance is 9 a.m. Jan. 13 in 44th District Court.

Royal Oak Police Department Criminal Investigations Division Lt. Keith Spencer said that Hollis and a juvenile from Detroit were arrested with a stolen Chevy Cruze the morning of Jan. 4 after leading police on a chase into Madison Heights.

“It was a brief pursuit,” Spencer said. “They ran the stop sign at John R and continued eastbound on the street they were on, and it lasted approximately — after they initiated the traffic stop — probably a block or so. It wasn’t far.”

Spencer said that at about 4:13 a.m., officers saw the Chevrolet Cruze and a Ford Escape traveling together at a rate exceeding the 25 mph limit in the area of Helene and Lincoln avenues.

Spencer said that when officers caught up to the vehicles, the vehicles split into two different directions and police made the decision to follow the Cruze to initiate the stop.

“After a brief pursuit into Madison Heights, the driver and passenger of the Cruze fled from the vehicle and ran on foot,” Spencer said.

Hollis — whom police said was driving the vehicle — was apprehended quickly by Royal Oak police, and the juvenile passenger was caught a short time later with the help of the Madison Heights Police Department. The juvenile was charged as a juvenile in connection to the incident.

No injuries were reported.

Spencer said the Chevrolet Cruze had just been stolen from the 1200 block of Bauman Avenue, west of Campbell Road and north of 13 Mile Road.

Police said the Ford Escape — which was found later that night abandoned behind a Madison Heights business — also had just been stolen from the 1100 block of North Campbell Road.

Last week, police were still looking for the suspect who drove the Ford Escape.

All suspects are believed to be connected to several thefts reported by residents living in the 1000 block of Bauman Avenue. They reported that their vehicles were broken into the same night.

Police received four reports that someone had entered their unlocked vehicles and had stolen various items, including a Sony camera and lens, a wallet, sunglasses, flashlights, a spare vehicle key, a backpack and a tool box.

These cases are under investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Royal Oak Police Department at (248) 246-3500 or officer Dan Pelletier with the Oakland County Curtail Auto-Theft Team at (248) 837-2766.