Royal Oak Police Chase, Including Crash and Officer Firing Weapon, Land Holly Woman in Jail
(Royal Oak Police, Dec. 15, 2022)
Royal Oak, MI – On Thursday, December 15, 2022, at approximately 1:08 a.m., a Royal Oak Police Officer initiated a traffic stop on a suspicious vehicle for a traffic violation in the area of Crooks Rd. and W. Fourteen Mile Rd. The vehicle, a 2005 Chevy Tahoe, fled from officers and a vehicle pursuit ensued.
The suspect fled westbound along W. 14 Mile Rd. towards Coolidge Hwy., where they then turned north and entered the City of Troy. The vehicle continued to flee from officers along northbound Coolidge Hwy, before turning eastbound on Big Beaver Rd. Royal Oak Police officers successfully deployed tire deflation devices (spike strips) in the area of Big Beaver Rd. and Crooks Rd.
Despite the successful spike strip deployment and loss of multiple tires, the suspect vehicle continued to flee. The vehicle entered onto southbound I-75 from Big Beaver Rd. as the driver continued to flee officers with one wheel ground down to its brake rotors. The suspect continued to flee along southbound I-75, eventually exiting at McNichols Rd., and proceeding westbound. Upon reaching Woodward Ave, the suspect vehicle turned northbound and attempted to turn suddenly onto eastbound 7 Mile Rd, crashing into a vehicle stopped at the signal.
A Royal Oak Police Officer approached the vehicle and attempted to take the female driver into custody, however she ignored his commands. The suspect then attempted to flee again, causing her vehicle to fishtail and place the officer’s life in immediate jeopardy. As a result, a Royal Oak Police officer discharged his firearm into the vehicle. The driver continued to flee officers, before coming to a stop at 7 Mile Rd and John R, where she was quickly arrested without incident.
The female driver, a 46-year-old resident of Holly, and her 24-year-old son were not injured. The officer was not injured. The investigation is being handled by the Michigan State Police and Royal Oak Police.
The investigation remains ongoing at this time. Anyone with information about this incident should call the Royal Oak Police Department at 248-246-3500.
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