Police recover weapon following high-speed chase

By: Victoria Mitchell | Royal Oak Review | Published March 22, 2017

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ROYAL OAK — Police said a weapon was recovered following a high-speed chase that began on the city’s east side.

Royal Oak Police Department Criminal Investigations Division Lt. Keith Spencer said officers retrieved a gun after the pursuit, which began at 2:06 a.m. March 15 in the area of Campbell and 11 Mile roads.

No one was injured in the incident.

Spencer said officers stopped the vehicle for a minor civil traffic infraction, and while they were investigating the man behind the wheel, he put the vehicle in drive and fled southbound on Campbell Road toward 10 Mile Road.

“The vehicle fled onto I-696 from 10 Mile at a high rate of speed and exited onto Greenfield Road,” Spencer said.

Royal Oak officers terminated the pursuit in the area of Greenfield and Nine Mile roads after the vehicle began reaching speeds of up to 80 mph.

“Many factors go into the decision on whether or not a pursuit continues,” Spencer said. “It comes down to public safety and the seriousness of the offense — several different factors.”

Other factors that could be taken into consideration include traffic and weather conditions.

Officers said that during the pursuit, one of the three male vehicle occupants threw a handgun out the window. Police said they recovered it.

The Royal Oak Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division is now following up on information regarding the identity of the occupants.

Spencer said the department would not release any additional information regarding the suspects.

“Because of the open nature of the investigation, I don’t want to get into the details of that part of it,” he said.

Anyone with information regarding this case should call (248) 246-3456.

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