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Woman who crashed police car sentenced to 180 days in jail

By: Mike Koury | Woodward Talk | Published September 17, 2019

 Destiny Hawkins

Destiny Hawkins

FERNDALE — The woman who stole a Ferndale police car and took it on a joyride before crashing it has been sentenced to approximately six months in jail.

Destiny Hawkins, 24, was sentenced in Oakland County Circuit Court Aug. 15 to serve 180 days in jail for fleeing and eluding and unlawfully driving away an automobile after she stole a patrol car July 5.

Hawkins pleaded guilty to the charges in July. She was given credit for 41 days served when she was sentenced by Judge Phyllis McMillen.

In addition to 180 days in jail, Hawkins will serve two years of probation, and she must pay $36,439.80 in restitution, avoid any assaultive or threatening behavior, participate in mental health treatment, and not use or possess any firearm or deadly weapon.

On July 5, a Ferndale police officer was assisting someone who had called 911 when Hawkins stole the officer’s police vehicle and drove off.

Hawkins drove the vehicle onto eastbound Interstate 696 and made her way to southbound Interstate 75 before taking the Nine Mile Road exit. Police were able to locate Hawkins and the vehicle and pursued her to Seven Mile Road and Livernois Avenue.

Driving at a high rate of speed and attempting to drive her way through both lanes of traffic, Hawkins crashed the police car into another vehicle on the road. The police car was disabled in the crash and came to a stop when it hit a parked vehicle.

A man inside the first vehicle that was hit had minor injuries from the crash and decided to go to the hospital, police said.

Hawkins was stuck inside the police vehicle because of the damage done in the crash, and she was arrested at the scene. According to Ferndale police, the reason she gave for stealing the car was that she “just wanted to have some fun.”

Hawkins is serving her sentence at the Oakland County Jail. Her attorney, Raymond Correll, could not be reached for comment by press time.