Officer, speeder injured, shots fired after high-speed chase

By DANIEL HERATY
Times-Herald Newspapers

DEARBORN – A 38-year-old Dearborn man awaits a preliminary examination based on the evidence against him for charges stemming from a high-speed chase Dec. 16 that injured a Dearborn police officer.

Hassan Bazzi, 38, was arraigned Dec. 20 before 19th District Court Judge Mark Somers on one count of Assault with Intent to Murder, one count of Assault with Intent to do Great Bodily Harm Less than Murder, one count of Assaulting/Resisting/Obstructing a Police Officer Causing Injury, three counts of Assaulting/Resisting/Obstructing a Police Officer and two counts of Fleeing and Eluding — 3rd Degree.

Somers set bond at $300,000 and ordered that if Bazzi posts bond, he must wear a global positioning system tether and surrender all travel documents.

According to published reports, Dearborn firefighters were responding to an emergency call when they saw a silver Ford Taurus speed past them on Warren Avenue. They notified officers, who located the car and tried to pull Bazzi over.

Bazzi allegedly ran several red lights and also struck an officer before stopping on Schaefer Road near Haggerty Road.

After stopping, Bazzi allegedly got out and fired a gun at officers. The injured officer shot back, but missed. No one was hurt by the gunfire.

Bazzi was injured crashing the car and the officer was hurt when he fell trying to evade the speeding car. Both Bazzi and the officer were treated at local hospitals for non-life-threatening injuries.

The preliminary examination scheduled for 9 a.m. Dec. 28 before Somers was moved to Dec. 22, where a competency hearing was scheduled for March 16.

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