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Customized Muffler Caused “Pop Pop Pop” During 90 MPH Chase on Woodward

Customized Muffler Caused “Pop Pop Pop” During 90 MPH Chase on Woodward

(Crystal A. Proxmire, May 7, 2020)

Berkley, Ferndale, MI – As the sounds of sirens, speeding cars, and loud “pop, pop, pop” sounds filled the quiet neighborhoods along Woodward Avenue in South Oakland County Wednesday night, people on social media weighed in with speculations.

But the noises were not from firecrackers or gunshots as guessed, but from the customized muffler of a BMW being driven by a teenager eluding Berkley Police.

According to Lt. Hadfield, at around 11:20pm on May 6, police attempted a traffic stop on a black BMW at 12 Mile and Woodward Avenue.

The driver, a 17 year old male from Bloomfield Hills with a suspended license and no car insurance, refused to stop.  Instead he took off south on Woodward, reaching 90mph.

“Traffic was very light,” Lt. Hadfield said.

Other departments joined in the chase as the teen drove to 8 Mile and Woodward before turning around to go back north.  Officers deployed spike strips just before 9 Mile Road and the driver slammed on his brakes to avoid them.  The police car behind him rear-ended the BMW.

There were no injuries and the teen was arrested.  Officers are perusing charges of fleeing and eluding, though the suspect has not yet been arraigned.

When asked about the reports of gunfire or firecrackers, Lt. Hadfield said the car had been fitted with a customized muffler that’s designed to sound like firecrackers when the vehicle moves at a high rate of speed.

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