Suspect shot in Utica after car theft, high-speed chase

By: Julie Snyder | Shelby - Utica News | Published January 29, 2018

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UTICA — A 19-year-old Pontiac man is facing multiple felonies after he led Oakland County Sheriff’s deputies on a high-speed chase in a stolen car Jan. 26.


According to the report released by the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were called to the area of North Perry Street and Pike Street in Pontiac at approximately 9 p.m. after a white GMC Jimmy was stolen from the parking lot of a Happy’s Pizza.


The owner of the SUV called 911 as she and her sister — while in the victim’s sister’s car — followed the suspect for a short time after he fled eastbound on W. Huron Street (M-59).


Deputies located the stolen vehicle traveling eastbound on M-59 west of Rochester Road and attempted to stop it with emergency lights and sirens. The driver of the vehicle continued eastbound and entered Macomb County into the city of Utica. The fleeing vehicle then made a turnaround onto westbound M-59 east of Van Dyke Avenue. An Oakland County deputy initiated a PIT maneuver (precision immobilization technique) that disabled the vehicle.  The suspect exited the vehicle and fled on foot while being pursued by deputies. During the foot pursuit the suspect produced a large “Rambo” style knife and was shot in the buttocks by one of the deputies, the report states.


Sgt. Renee Yax, public information officer for the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office, said detectives assisted in the investigation of the incident. Detectives from the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office’s Special Investigations and Auto Theft units, and Utica Police Department also responded to the scene. No police officers were injured in the incident, the reports states.


The suspect was taken into custody and transported to an area hospital for treatment for the gunshot wound. He was listed in good condition Jan. 27.


Utica Police Chief Sean Coady said his office was not involved in the subsequent investigation, but did supply services for the injured suspect. He said on Jan. 29 that the status of the suspect’s condition was unknown.


Oakland County Sheriff’s officials report that the suspect, whose name is being withheld pending arraignment, is currently on probation from the 6th Circuit Court for a firearms/dangerous weapons conviction. He has multiple arrests including unlawful driving away an automobile, breaking and entering into a motor vehicle, possession of marijuana, larceny from an automobile, larceny in a building, and a dangerous drugs arrest.