Woman charged for allegedly firing gun, fleeing police

By: Sarah Wojcik | Royal Oak Review | Published June 3, 2019




ROYAL OAK — At approximately 2:09 a.m. May 29, Royal Oak police responded to multiple 911 calls about a large fight outside of Strada, a nightclub located at 366 N. Main St., that spilled over to the parking lot of Emagine Theatre, 200 N. Main St.

Officers discovered that a woman reportedly had fired a handgun during the altercation, and officers began a search for a suspect and any possible victims.

Royal Oak Police Chief Corrigan O’Donohue said that officers located a 37-year-old suspect driving a Tesla, with a passenger, pulling out of West University Avenue at Main Street.

“The vehicle was stopped and the officers initially began conversation, but the vehicle then took off when the officers tried to ask the driver to step out of the vehicle,” O’Donohue said. “The vehicle went southbound on Main Street, traveling at a very high rate of speed, and nearly struck another police officer. He had to jump out of the way and on top of the hood of a car to avoid being struck.”

He said police estimated that the Tesla was traveling at speeds of more than 100 mph. The speed limit on Main Street is 25 mph.

The vehicle then lost control, struck a lamp pole and caught fire at Main Street and 10 Mile Road, according to a police press release.

The driver fled on foot and police arrested her after a short chase, and the passenger suffered a “fairly severe” ankle injury, for which she was hospitalized, O’Donohue said.

“A .22-caliber revolver was located inside the vehicle. It did have one spent casing in it,” he said. “We’re very thankful none of the officers were hurt or anybody else. It was extremely reckless and criminal behavior by this individual, and we will pursue whatever charges we are able to attain.”

Royal Oak investigators are working to determine the events that led up to the altercation and the gunfire. No one involved in the altercation reported having been struck by a bullet.

On Friday, May 31, Magistrate Donald Chisholm arraigned Tolonna Kela Boone in the 44th District Court on nine felony charges.

The charges include second-degree fleeing and eluding a police officer causing injury, a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison; reckless driving causing serious impairment of a body function, a felony punishable by up to five years in prison; failure to stop at the scene of an accident resulting in serious impairment or death, a felony punishable by up to five years in prison; carrying a concealed weapon, a felony punishable by up to five years in prison; assault with a dangerous weapon (motor vehicle), a felony punishable by up to four years in prison; and four counts of felony firearm, punishable by up to two years in prison.

Chisholm set Boone’s bond at $125,000 cash, no 10%. Her next court appearance is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. June 7 before Judge Derek Meinecke.

Boone’s criminal history includes a conviction for marijuana possession, according to police.

Boone’s defense attorney, Ronald D. Roberts, did not respond to a request for comment by press time.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Royal Oak Police Department Criminal Investigation Division Lt. Keith Spencer at (248) 246-3456.

Call Staff Writer Sarah Wojcik at (586) 218-5006.