Teen dead after police pursuit into Detroit ends in crash

By: Brian Louwers | Warren Weekly | Published August 6, 2018

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WARREN — A police pursuit that began in Warren ended in a fatality Aug. 5 when the suspect vehicle collided with another car in Detroit, less than a mile away.

According to Warren Police Commissioner Bill Dwyer, a 19-year-old Detroit woman died as the result of her injuries, and her 15-year-old brother was hurt in the crash at the intersection of Fairport and Lappin streets just before 8 p.m. Aug. 5.

Dwyer said the suspect vehicle, a green 1989 Ford Taurus, fled from a patrol unit after contact was made on Fairfield Avenue in Warren, just north of Eight Mile Road, at about 7:50 p.m.

“The car then went south from Eight Mile on Fairport in Detroit and ran several stop signs and intersections, and collided with the victim’s car at Lappin and Fairport,” Dwyer said. “This was not a high-speed chase. This was a very short pursuit, less than a mile. The highest speed was about 50 mph. The officer backed off before the crash occurred.”

The suspect, who was not named pending a decision on charges and a formal arraignment, is a 28-year-old Detroit resident “with an extensive criminal record,” Dwyer said. The investigation will be handled by the Detroit Police Department, and charges will be filed by prosecutors in Wayne County.