Man damages police vehicle after arrest

Sunday Times Newspapers

WYANDOTTE — A man detained by police tried to kick his way out of the police vehicle Sept. 22.

Police stopped a vehicle at Biddle Avenue and Clark after they received a report of the occupant’s involvement in thefts at Lowe’s, 16410 Trenton Road in Southgate, about 4:52 p.m. They detained the man until Southgate police arrived to transport him to their department.

Wyandotte police said the man began “violently kicking” at the door of the police vehicle, which could be heard from about 30 feet away. Officers ran to the vehicle to secure the man and ordered him to stop before he broke the window or damaged the door.

The man continued to kick at the door and told police he was going to break out of the car. The officer took out his Taser and said he would use it if the man wouldn’t cooperate. Officers were forced to electronically subdue the man to get him to comply with his requests.

Wyandotte Police Chief Daniel Grant said their department is waiting on an estimate of the damage to the vehicle. The estimate has to be included with the warrant request before it can be submitted to the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office.

“The amount of the estimate will dictate whether the man will face misdemeanor or felony charges,” Grant said.

Grant confirmed the man is being held at the Southgate Police Department on retail fraud charges.

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