Police chief hails officers for capture of suspect after car chase

By: Kara Szymanski | Shelby - Utica News | Published December 9, 2019

 Shelby Township Police Chief Robert Shelide presents Officer Joseph Wojcik and K-9 Morpheus with Chief’s Coins of Excellence.

Shelby Township Police Chief Robert Shelide presents Officer Joseph Wojcik and K-9 Morpheus with Chief’s Coins of Excellence.

Photo provided by the Shelby Township Police Department

 Kenneth Dubay

Kenneth Dubay

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SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Two Shelby Township police officers received awards after capturing a suspect who allegedly led police on a chase Dec. 3.

According to police, a 35-year-old man is in custody after he allegedly stole a white 2019 Jeep Cherokee from a parking lot in Shelby Township and then fled from police.

Kenneth Alan Dubay, of Clinton Township, is facing charges of possession of a stolen vehicle and fleeing and eluding police after police said that Dubay led them on a dangerous chase.

According to police, Dubay gained access to an unlocked vehicle, the Jeep Cherokee, and began fleeing the parking lot.

Sterling Heights police initially located the stolen vehicle, and the chase began, making its way through Utica and Shelby Township. The stolen vehicle reached speeds of more than 100 mph, according to police.

Officers from Sterling Heights, Utica and Shelby Township were involved in trying to catch the Jeep.

The Sterling Heights Police Department terminated its pursuit when the vehicle reached Shelby Township.

Shelby Township terminated the chase when the speeds became too dangerous.

Not long after terminating the chase, Shelby Township officers were called when Dubay allegedly struck a parked vehicle at 23 Mile and Ryan roads, according to police.

Dubay proceeded to flee the scene on foot after the crash and was gone when officers arrived, according to police.

The Shelby Township Police Department then called in its K-9 unit to search for the suspect.

“K-9 tracked directly to an adjacent subdivision, where the suspect was hiding in a house,” Shelby Township Police Capt. Jason Schmittler said.

A short time later, police gained access to the house on Regina Drive in Shelby Township, and Dubay reportedly was found inside. According to police, the K-9 track led to where he was hiding in a closet.

Dubay was scheduled to be arraigned at the 41-A District Court in Shelby Township Dec. 5, but it was moved to Dec. 6.

On Dec. 6, his bond was set at $15,000 cash or surety, and his next court date — a probable cause hearing — was scheduled for Dec. 18.

A lawyer for Dubay had not been appointed yet.

Schmittler said that the best way to prevent something similar from happening to your car is to “keep your vehicles locked and secured.”

He also said that the Shelby Township Police Department will not tolerate crimes like these.

“Those (who are) considering committing similar crimes, go elsewhere; we will work with our law enforcement partners and use all our resources to catch you,” said Schmittler.

Shelby Township Police Chief Robert Shelide said that he was proud of the work of his officers.

“Our patrol officers used great teamwork to apprehend this car thief. They chased him for a while, and he was traveling at dangerous speeds, so we terminated the chase. I’m proud of the restraint our officers used. Officer (Joseph) Wojcik arrived with K-9 Morpheus, and Morpheus went to work. Morph tracked the driver to a house. We were able to enter the house, and Morph found him hiding in a closet,” Shelide said in an email.

Two of the officers involved in the tracking and locating of the suspect received Chief’s Coin of Excellence awards for their efforts. Shelide had the coins commissioned and gives them out for exceptional performances.

“Both Officer Wojcik and K-9 Morpheus received Chief’s Coins of Excellence for their work on removing this thief from our streets and depositing him into our criminal justice system,” said Shelide. 

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