Fencing the Center Line High School athletic field was damaged in a crash on Jan. 9.

Fencing the Center Line High School athletic field was damaged in a crash on Jan. 9.

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Suspect arrested twice after crashing into athletic field fence

By: Brian Louwers | Warren Weekly | Published January 14, 2021

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“He was driving eastbound down Virginia Park. Virginia Park is a cul de sac. He went right through that, right through the parking lot of the high school, which would be the student lot, driving on the lawn. He missed light poles. He missed dumpsters. He’

Steven Hilla, Center Line Public Safety Department Executive Lt.

CENTER LINE — The driver allegedly responsible for crashing into the fencing around an athletic field at Center Line High School early on Jan. 9 now faces reckless driving, resisting arrest and weapons charges, while an investigation remains ongoing.

Executive Lt. Steven Hilla of the Center Line Public Safety Department said the driver, 21, of Warren, was actually arrested twice on Jan. 9; once at the scene of the crash, and a second time later, after he was transported to the hospital for treatment and released pending further investigation. His vehicle, a 2019 Dodge Challenger, suffered front-end damage and was towed by police.  

Hilla said officers were first dispatched to the 8700 block of McKinley Street at 4:50 a.m. to assist another police department. They arrived to find that the Challenger had crashed into fencing on school property.

A passenger in the vehicle was released at the scene and the alleged driver was reportedly taken to the hospital, where he was treated for injuries. Officers were unable to test him at the scene to determine if he was under the influence of alcohol or drugs when the crash occurred, but Hilla said a test was performed at the hospital. The results remained pending on Jan. 11.

Following treatment, the driver was released as the investigation continued. But Hilla said the man was arrested again when he returned to the scene of the crash hours later.

“He was looking around in the area and we got a call,” Hilla said. A resident also reportedly called the Center Line Public Safety Department to say that a handgun was located near the accident scene. When officers went to investigate, the man was allegedly arrested again on a weapons charge.

According to police, the handgun had a loaded magazine, but was found without a round in the chamber. Police also reportedly found suspected hallucinogenic mushrooms at the scene.

“He was driving eastbound down Virginia Park. Virginia Park is a cul-de-sac,” Hilla said. “He went right through that, right through the parking lot of the high school, which would be the student lot, driving on the lawn. He missed light poles. He missed dumpsters.

“He’s lucky he didn’t kill himself,” Hilla said.

An estimate of damages was not available at press time.

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