A Michigan State Police trooper was taken for a ride when he tried to pull over a black, 2016 Dodge Charger on I-94, Saturday evening.
After clocking the sedan going 94 miles per hour, he chased them off the Zeeb Road exit at 6:32 p.m. and then to Dexter-Ann Arbor Road. According to State Police Sergeant Mark Thompson, the car then raced towards Dexter at over 100 M.P.H.
The traffic to Dexter was light, but the trooper knew that downtown Dexter would be full of pedestrians and cars during rush hour, so he backed off the pursuit and continued to drive in the same northwestern direction. When the trooper got to Dexter, he was flagged down by a number of pedestrians who told him where the car went.
According to the state police, witnesses saw “three to four black males” abandon the car in Meadow View and escape on foot. The car, which police say was registered in Farmington, was impounded. A suspected narcotic of an unspecified quantity was confiscated and sent to a Michigan State Police crime lab for analysis.
The State Police received assistance from the Washtenaw County Sheriff and the Ann Arbor Police Department’s K-9 Unit. One of the men, an 18 year old Farmington resident, was arrested nearby. The Michigan State Police spokesman said that a suspect has been identified for the driver.
The Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office declined to comment beyond the fact that they were assisting the State Police, which is leading the investigation.
In other news, burglars in the 4900 block of Scio Church Road forced the back door of a house open on Wednesday, August 31. When the home owner came back at around 5:00 p.m., they found the house ransacked. A video game system and cash were stolen. Deputies have no suspects at this time.
A house in the 300 block of Hunters Trail, in Scio Township, was burglarized sometime during the day on Thursday September 1. While it is unknown how the suspects got in, cash and a pair of sunglasses where taken. The front door was unlocked when the crime was discovered at 4:00 p.m. The home owner said they believed the house was locked.
A work van parked in the 10500 block of North Territorial Road was broken into sometime during the evening of Thursday, September 1. Power tools were stolen.
Homeowners in the 6600 block of Woodvine Drive, in Dexter Township, called the sheriff at 11:30 p.m. September 1 to report their tree had fallen over. The sheriff has determined that tree was knocked over by the weather, not vandalism, as they had thought.
A purse was reported stolen from a business in the 5200 block of Jackson Road at 2:40 p.m., Friday, September 2. Although the police report was incomplete as of publication, deputies are investigating.
A pole barn in the 12000 block of Island Lake Drive, in Dexter Township, was broken into sometime overnight on Friday, September 2 and power tools were stolen. Deputies have no suspects at this time.
Deputies raced to a domestic violence scene in the 900 block of Gallery Lane at 11:51 p.m., Sunday, September 4. Their suspect, a 38-year-old Ann Arbor woman, was not arrested. However, deputies have submitted charges for review with the Washtenaw County Prosecutor’s Office.
Two men with a history of longstanding disagreements ran across each other at the corner of Jackson and Zeeb Roads at 3:11 p.m., Sunday. After an argument, the two engaged in a scuffle and 911 was called. Neither man wanted to press charges, according to a Washtenaw County Sheriff spokesperson.
A car parked overnight on Monday, in the 8500 block of Bass Avenue in Webster Township, got two tires slashed. The owner called 911 at 7:18 a.m. on September 6. There are no suspects.