14-year-old in stolen truck lead wild police chase through Wayne County
A 14-year-old who was already out on bond for allegedly shooting at his girlfriend was the driver of a stolen pickup truck that led Michigan State Police on a wild chase through Wayne County, police say, and the entire thing was caught on dashboard camera.
The unnamed teen was one of three people in the pickup truck that MSP on a chase that started in Lincoln Park around 10 p.m. and went through Allen Park and Dearborn.
MSP said during the chase, one of their cruisers was shot by someone inside the truck. Nobody was hurt during the chase which was caught on MSP dashboard videos.
In a 2-minute-long clip provided by MSP, the truck speeds through multiple intersections, swerving between lanes and avoiding stop attempts by the officer.
The truck ran at least two lights during the chase before the truck turned onto the service drive of the Southfield Freeway and tried to elude the officer. As the truck gets onto the highway, the trooper speeds up and performs a PIT maneuver but the truck kept going.
The trooper did a second PIT maneuver, finally bringing the truck to a stop. Three suspects then get out of the truck and hop the fence separating the freeway from the service drive but MSP troopers were right behind them, scaling the fence and arresting two teens and an adult.
Detroit Police Captain Charles Fitzgerald gave an update on the chase and said that police tried to stop the truck when the driver sped away. They were just about to end the chase when someone fired shots towards the officers.
"They were about to back off the chase when the suspect truck fired some shots in their direction," Fitzgerald said.
Ultimately, the three suspects were all arrested, including the 14-year-old who had been released on a low bond just two days earlier.
"When you're taking the right people off the street, bad people off the street, and they're being released back onto the street, it's not helping our cause at all," Fitzgerald said.
According to police, the 14-year-old was the getaway driver. He was out on $800 bond following an incident where he shot his girlfriend. A Detroit police officer says he was wearing the same shirt he was first arrested in during the chase.
The pickup truck involved in the chase had previously been stolen out of Ecorse last November.