Robbery suspect arrested after fleeing from authorities in Macomb Twp

Suspect leads authorities on chase into St. Clair County, crashing into vehicles, flees into woods

By: Alex Szwarc | Macomb Township Chronicle | Published April 26, 2019




MACOMB TOWNSHIP — A suspect led law enforcement officers from several agencies on a ride through multiple counties.

A Macomb County Sheriff’s Office press release states that around 4:05 p.m. April 25, a deputy observed a white Dodge Charger reportedly operated by Stratford Newton, 30, of Detroit, driving recklessly on Hall Road near Gratiot Avenue.

As the deputy attempted to make a traffic stop on the Charger, it began to flee, crashing into two vehicles as it attempted to drive between them.

The deputy stopped at the crash scene to check the occupants of the vehicles. One of the drivers in the crash was transported to the hospital with non-life- threatening injuries.

While on scene, a man approached the deputy and stated that Newton had just robbed him at the Chesterfield Township Walmart.

Macomb County’s dispatch center received several calls from citizens regarding the white Charger that continued to drive recklessly. Deputies again located the vehicle and pursued it eastbound on Interstate 94, where the pursuit was terminated. The Charger was damaged from the crash and appeared to have lost a tire, continuing east on I-94.

The St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office and Michigan State Police were notified of the incident and were in the area. A short time later, dispatch reported that the Charger crashed on eastbound I-94 near Allington Road in St. Clair County.

A Michigan State Police trooper observed a man exit the Charger and flee into the woods.

Multiple Macomb County Sheriff’s Office units arrived on scene to search for the suspect, assisted by the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office, Michigan State Police, Homeland Security, and U.S. Border Patrol.

During the search, it was discovered that the 2019 white Dodge Charger was stolen out of Detroit. Items from the robbery in Chesterfield Township were also reportedly located inside the vehicle.

At approximately 7:10 p.m., Newton was located hiding under a tarp in an above-ground pool at a residence on Deer Meadow Lane in St. Clair, around 25 miles northeast of where the pursuit began. Newton was taken into custody and lodged at the Macomb County Jail.

Additional items from the robbery in Chesterfield were located in Newton’s possession.

On April 26, the Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office reviewed the reports from this incident and charged Newton with four counts — receiving and concealing stolen property from a motor vehicle, a felony; third-degree fleeing a police officer, a felony; operating while license suspended, revoked, denied, a misdemeanor; and failure to stop at the scene of a property damage accident, a misdemeanor.

Newton was arraigned April 26 in 41-A District Court in Shelby Township and received a $30,000 bond. He is scheduled to return to court for a probable cause conference May 7. Newton requested a court-appointed attorney, and none had yet been assigned at press time.