Police catch suspects who struck man with door of moving vehicle

By: Jeremy Selweski | Online Only | Published March 3, 2011

With help from a Hazel Park officer, Ferndale Police tracked down a group of teens that injured a pedestrian after hitting him with their car while he was walking.

According to Detective Lt. Bill Wilson, at around 4:20 p.m. on Feb. 28, Ferndale officers responded to a report from a man who said that someone had just intentionally hit him with their car door near Martin Road and Chestnut Street. The 21-year-old Ferndale man was walking northbound on Martin when he observed a green, early 1990s-model Mercury Cougar approaching from the opposite direction.

As the man stepped from the street onto the curb at Chestnut, he noticed the Cougar veering in his direction, Wilson said. One of the passengers then opened his car door and struck the victim with it. The man was knocked to the ground but suffered only minor injuries and a broken pair of eyeglasses.

There were about four young men in the car, but the victim did not know or recognize any of them. According to Wilson, the perpetrators attacked the man simply for their own amusement.

The following day, a Hazel Park Police officer spotted the suspect vehicle and notified Ferndale Police of its whereabouts, Wilson said. A Ferndale officer quickly located the Cougar and stopped it. Police then arrested 17-year-old Lance Katulski of Hazel Park, the passenger who opened the door that hit the victim, and 18-year-old Richard Flowers of Ferndale, the driver of the car.

Katulski and Flowers were arraigned on March 2 in Ferndale 43rd District Court on charges of assault with a dangerous weapon, a four-year felony. Magistrate James Brennan set bond for both defendants at $2,500 cash or surety and scheduled a pre-exam conference for March 10 at 1 p.m.