On April 10, a car crashed into a home on Stephens Drive after a personal dispute allegedly led to a chase in which the suspect, Ryan O’Neal, lost control of the vehicle. Eastpointe police officers said they arrested O’Neal after a subsequent chase on foot.

On April 10, a car crashed into a home on Stephens Drive after a personal dispute allegedly led to a chase in which the suspect, Ryan O’Neal, lost control of the vehicle. Eastpointe police officers said they arrested O’Neal after a subsequent chase on foot.

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Suspect arrested after allegedly colliding with house in Eastpointe, assaulting girlfriend

By: Brendan Losinski | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published April 12, 2019

 Ryan O'Neal

Ryan O'Neal

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EASTPOINTE — A suspect is in custody following a crash that resulted from a car chase in Eastpointe at 2 a.m. April 10.

The chase was between the suspect and another car whose occupants included his girlfriend, according to police. The incident began near the intersection of Grove Avenue and Nine Mile Road.

Eastpointe Director of Public Safety George Rouhib said the suspect allegedly rammed the other car several times and followed the other vehicle when it tried to flee.

“The suspect’s girlfriend was in a car in front of her house with some other people also in the car,” Rouhib explained. “The suspect had driven by and seemed jealous when he saw another man with her and began to ram their car. The gentleman driving the other car took off at a high rate of speed. The suspect followed them and during the pursuit, he failed to negotiate a turn and lost control of the car and hit a house.”

The suspect’s car crashed through the front of a house near the intersection of Stephens Road and Dale Avenue. Police said the house was occupied at the time.

“(The suspect) received minor injuries in the crash and was transported to a local hospital following his arrest,” said Rouhib. “Fortunately, the people in the home were not injured. After the crash, (the suspect) fled from the vehicle and ran up to his girlfriend and began to assault her. After a brief altercation with her, he fled on foot and our officers were able to track him down. He resisted arrest, but was taken into custody.”

According to police, the girlfriend was treated and released at the scene by first responders.

The suspect was arraigned April 11 in 38th District Court. He was identified as 18-year-old Eastpointe resident Ryan O’Neal. He was charged with four counts of felonious assault, one count of resisting police, one count of leaving the scene of an accident and one count of domestic violence. His bond was set at $25,000, and his next court date will be a preliminary hearing scheduled for April 24.

O’Neal had not been assigned or retained an attorney prior to press time.

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