Warren Police Commissioner Bill Dwyer, backed by local and federal law enforcement officials, announced a three-count felony warrant for Valerie Bostle, now wanted for a hit-and-run collision that killed  55-year-old Peter Chisolm, of Warren.

Warren Police Commissioner Bill Dwyer, backed by local and federal law enforcement officials, announced a three-count felony warrant for Valerie Bostle, now wanted for a hit-and-run collision that killed 55-year-old Peter Chisolm, of Warren.

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Warren police name driver as fugitive in fatal hit-and-run

By: Brian Louwers | Warren Weekly | Published June 26, 2019

 Bostle

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"She can still resolve this by surrendering. We’re going to find her. We’re going to find you. The best thing you can do is surrender.”

Aaron Garcia, Acting assistant chief with the U.S. Marshals Service office covering the Eastern District of Michigan

WARREN — In a June 26 press conference, the Warren Police Department and U.S. Marshals Service stated that Valerie Bostle is a wanted fugitive after allegedly striking a pedestrian while driving June 5 and dragging his body a mile along Schoenherr Road. 

The victim, Peter Holdredge Chisolm, 55, of Warren, died of his injuries. 

Police said Bostle, 36, of St. Clair Shores, later tried to hide her involvement by changing her appearance and giving the car she was driving to a third party to sell. Warren Police Commissioner Bill Dwyer said Bostle boarded a bus to Georgia on June 12. She’s since been named in a three-count felony warrant. 

“It truly is a tragedy that easily could have been prevented if the suspect had just stopped the vehicle rather than continuing on and dragging the victim for a mile,” Dwyer said. “During that time, the victim sustained numerous injuries as a result of her failure to stop, obviously causing his death.”

Dwyer said Chisolm was struck as he was crossing Schoenherr near Julius Street. His body was dragged north across Nine Mile Road to Doyle Avenue.

“The frustrating part is you wonder why someone would drag a person under the undercarriage a mile, knowing the person was there,” Dwyer said.   

Macomb County prosecutors have authorized a warrant for Bostle’s arrest on charges of homicide/manslaughter with a motor vehicle, involuntary manslaughter and failure to stop at the scene of an accident causing serious injury or death. She faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted. 

“She’s possibly hiding out with family members somewhere in Georgia,” Dwyer said. “Before fleeing, the suspect altered her appearance by changing her hair color and style, as well as giving away two vehicles.”

That includes a red Chevy Impala, recovered in Detroit by the Warren Police Department’s Special Operations Unit two days after the fatal hit-and-run. Dwyer said the unknowing third party received the car from Bostle and was attempting to sell it. 

Aaron Garcia, acting assistant chief with the U.S. Marshals Service office covering the Eastern District of Michigan said federal fugitive task forces around the country stood ready to retrieve Bostle the instant she is identified and located. He called on her to turn herself in.

“We’re actively working this case. Obviously, this is a tragic accident,” Garcia said. “She can still resolve this by surrendering. We’re going to find her. We’re going to find you. The best thing you can do is surrender.”

Crime Stoppers of Michigan has offered a cash reward of $1,000 for information leading to Bostle’s arrest and conviction. 

Anyone with information about her whereabouts can reach Warren detectives at (586) 574-4810 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAK UP.