Man faces cocaine charges after police chase

By: Nick Mordowanec | Fraser - Clinton Township Chronicle | Published June 18, 2019

 Aniano Arreola-Mora

Aniano Arreola-Mora

A speeding ticket may be the least of the worries of a Ray Township man charged after a high-speed chase that ranged across the county Sunday afternoon.

Clinton Township Police Capt. Richard Maierle said that at about 2:49 p.m. June 16, a township officer running radar reportedly observed a tan 2003 Cadillac traveling at a high rate of speed on 19 Mile Road, near Garfield Road.

The officer activated his lights and sirens, and the vehicle in question then traveled north down Dalcoma Drive. While on Dalcoma, the officer reportedly saw the suspect throw four packages out of the driver’s side door. The packages, which were recovered by another officer, reportedly tested positive for cocaine.

“They were some type of blue packaging,” Maierle said.

Maierle said that following the disposal of the packages, the suspect led township police and Macomb County Sheriff’s Office deputies on a chase towards northern Macomb County.

The suspect reportedly drove to Hall Road, west to Garfield Road and then south to Canal Road.

“As the deputy was attempting to stop the vehicle from getting heading into oncoming traffic on eastbound 26 Mile Road, in the roundabout east of M-53, the suspect vehicle collided into the deputy vehicle twice,” states a June 18 Macomb County Sheriff’s Office press release.

The suspect continued into Sterling Heights, on 19 Mile, and then north on Van Dyke Avenue to 26 Mile Road. Then he drove down 26 Mile Road to Romeo Plank Road, and then north to 27 Mile Road. He continued down 27 Mile Road to Teller Road, and proceeded northbound on Teller to 28 Mile Road until he reached Ray Center Road and went south.

The suspect was reportedly traveling at speeds exceeding 90 mph.

“Our guy was told to terminate. At this point there was only a sheriff’s car,” Maierle said, adding that one township officer requested permission to tail the county vehicle and assist, while another officer in another vehicle tailed without lights or sirens.

While on Ray Center Road, the suspect reportedly drove on a resident’s grass, and his Cadillac got stuck in the muddy lawn. The Macomb County Sheriff’s Office stated that when the vehicle stalled, the suspect fled on foot into a wooded area. He was quickly apprehended by Macomb Sheriff deputies and Clinton Township police.

No one was hurt in the pursuit. The sheriff’s vehicle sustained minor damage.

Maierle said he believes the suspect fled police because he likely “knew he was going to get arrested” for drug possession and driving without a license.

Aniano Arreola-Mora, 27, was arraigned on four charges June 17 in 41-B District Court in Clinton Township, in front of Magistrate James McGrail. He was given a bond of $5,000, 10% cash or surety.

If found guilty, he faces up to five years in prison for the felony charge of fleeing and eluding police in the third degree; up to four years and/or a $25,000 fine for felony possession of fewer than 25 grams of a controlled substance; up to 90 days for the misdemeanor of having an open container of alcohol in the vehicle; and up to 93 days for the misdemeanor of driving without a license.

Additional charges were later processed by the Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office, including a  felony charge of assaulting, resisting or obstructing police, along with a misdemeanor charge of malicious destruction between $200 and $1,000.

For those two charges he was arraigned June 18 at 42-1 District Court, in Romeo. He received a $25,000 bond, including 10% cash or surety, with his next court date scheduled for 1:30 p.m. July 2.

His next 41-B District Court date was scheduled for July 8. At press time, he was lodged at the Macomb County Jail. His attorney, Gautam Singh, could not be reached by press time.