Truck chase leaves three officers injured, two suspects arrested

By: K. Michelle Moran, Thomas Franz | C&G Newspapers | Published February 25, 2016


MACOMB COUNTY/GROSSE POINTES - Michigan State Police troopers and Macomb County Sheriff deputies were involved in a chase of a reportedly stolen U-Haul truck at approximately 1 a.m. Feb. 24.

Lieutenant John Michalke of the Macomb County Sheriff’s department said the chase began on westbound I-94 at 23 Mile Road, and ended on Lake Shore Road in Grosse Pointe. Michalke said sheriff’s deputies joined the State Police in the chase on I-94 at Hall Road.

Around 2:30 a.m., Grosse Pointe Shores Public Safety Director John Schulte said his department heard over their radios from Grosse Pointe Woods Public Safety that a pursuit was entering the Shores from the Woods. The State Police and Macomb deputies followed the U-Haul east on Roslyn Road from Mack Avenue, and as the U-Haul reached Lake Shore Road in the Shores, Schulte said it turned south.

Both of the passenger tires had blown, so the 26-foot moving van wasn’t traveling very quickly, according to Schulte.

“It was driving on the rims… Speeds were not that high because of the size of the vehicle,” Schulte said.

After it passed Vernier Road, Schulte said the van attempted to turn into a driveway of a home in the 600 block of Lake Shore, but it instead hit a small tree and ended up on the front lawn. At this point, Schulte said State Police and Macomb deputies arrested the suspect. Because of the number of police who had already been involved in the pursuit, Schulte said Shores officers were just on scene as observers

There were no injuries to anyone in the Shores and only minor property damage to the one residential lawn and tree, he said. Schulte said the State Police would be seeking to recover damages from the suspect, which, if successful, could provide relief to the homeowner in whose yard the U-Haul ended up.

Michalke said one Macomb deputy was injured and taken to a local hospital. That deputy has since been released.

According to the state police’s Twitter account, two state troopers also received minor injuries in the chase.