(Ferndale Police, June 13, 2017)
Ferndale, MI – On Friday, 06/09/17 at about 9:30 p.m. Ferndale police arrested a man who fled in a vehicle, and was caught after a citizen ran head on into the suspect in order to stop him. The arrested man was in possession of a stolen handgun and heroin.
A Ferndale officer was on patrol and performing random checks on license plates of vehicles. He ran the plate of a Chevrolet on east bond 8 Mile near Livernois. The computer indicated the owner of the car was wanted on traffic warrants and had suspensions on his license. When the officer attempted a traffic stop, the suspect fled.
The suspect accelerated and sped on 8 Mile until he arrived at Woodward where a red light for eastbound traffic had the traffic ahead of the suspect stopped and blocking the intersection. The suspect drove over the sidewalk, across an open area, and back onto Woodward where he fled south on Woodward at speeds of about 80 MPH.
The suspect then drove into a bus terminal near State Fair, came back out to Woodward (with several police cars now arriving to the area), and fled northbound on Woodward. He then turned east into the shopping center parking lot on the s.e. corner of 8 Mile / Woodward. A man driving his van out of the lot saw the suspect being chased by police into the parking lot. The man drove his van head on into the suspect vehicle in order to stop it from fleeing into the parking lot crowded with people.
The collision stopped the Chevy and the van ended up against the suspect vehicle driver side door, preventing the suspect from escaping. Officers then took the driver and a passenger into custody. In the car, officers found a loaded handgun with a 30 round magazine; the gun had been reported stolen in Detroit. Police also found 10 bindles of heroin in the car.
The suspect’s criminal past includes convictions for drug and weapons offenses.
He was charged with:
- Carrying Concealed Weapon
- Fleeing and Eluding 3rd Degree
- Possession of Narcotics
- Driving While License Suspended.
Kolbe Kristopher JORDAN , 26 years, New Baltimore resident.
Follow Up to OC Times Questions:
Generally, I would not recommend citizens take such action, but get out of the way of the police who are trained to handle these situations. However, with the unusual circumstances of this incident, and potential danger to citizens nearby, this person may have helped to avoid injury to innocent people.
Nobody was injured.
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