Police drive faster, better
A 25-year-old reportedly sped by police about 5 a.m. Jan. 8 on the Southfield Freeway at Fern. Police recorded the driver traveling at 84 mph in a 55 mph zone. When police gave chase, the driver sped to 95 mph, swerving in and out of traffic. At the Michigan Avenue exit, the officer alerted dispatch that the car was not stopping.
Despite being right behind the suspect vehicle with lights and sirens on, the driver reportedly continued to drive north on the Southfield Service Drive. The driver then exited on Warren Avenue, travelled through a green light where the driver fishtailed and lost control before colliding with a metal guard rail. The car spun onto Southfield, blocking the right two lanes. Officers said the car was heavily damaged from the crash. When police approached the car, the driver was reportedly striking the steering wheel with his fists. The driver exited the vehicle and was arrested.
Authorities said the driver kept yelling about his car being damaged as he was escorted to the patrol car. The driver did not report injury and Detroit police were dispatched to investigate the crash.
The suspect was booked without incident in the Dearborn Police Department.
During transport to the jail, officers reported that the suspect said the crash was his mistake, his license was good and wanted to know if this would cause his license to be suspended.
Vehicle passenger arrested for drug warrant
Police observed a 2003 Chevrolet Malibu traveling west on Michigan Avenue through Wyoming with a license plate frame obstructing the license plate Dec. 31.
A traffic stop was conducted for the violation where the driver and two passengers identified themselves. Officers ran a background check and the record of the back seat passenger revealed a dangerous drugs felony warrant from Wayne County Circuit Court with no bond.
Dispatch confirmed the felony warrant with the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office and police arrested the man. He was transported to Wayne County Jail.
The driver of the vehicle was also cited for no proof of insurance.
Police arrest woman for operating while intoxicated
While conducting a traffic stop on eastbound Michigan Avenue near Telegraph Road a vehicle was observed speeding toward the police patrol vehicle on Jan. 8.
The officer walked back to his fully marked patrol vehicle with the emergency lights activated when the vehicle approached him. This caused the driver to abruptly apply the breaks to avoid a rear end collision. When the vehicle was approaching the patrol vehicle there was no other traffic on the road and three other open lanes were available for use, according to the report.
The officer made contact with the driver when he immediately smelled the odor of intoxicants from inside the vehicle and the woman’s breath. When asked how much alcohol she consumed, the driver replied “A few drinks. I’m coming from the Criket down the street.”
Field sobriety tests were conducted and the driver’s blood-alcohol level was 0.24 — three times the legal limit of .08 in Michigan — at 2:30 a.m., the time of her arrest.
She was placed under a $300 bond for operating while intoxicated.
Two rims and tires stolen overnight
Police responded to a house in the 1220 block of Sherbourne after tires and rims were stolen off a Mercedes Benz overnight.
The victim told officers that he parked his vehicle just after 9 p.m. Dec. 31 and found the rims and tires from the passenger side gone about 1 p.m. Jan. 1. He did not say whether the vehicle was locked.
There is no suspect information or evidence.
Resident finds bullet hole in vehicle
A man called police to a house in the 4800 block of Carolee Lane after he found a fresh bullet hole in the hood of his truck Jan. 1. He said he parked the vehicle the night before and woke up to find the damage about 2:45 p.m. the next day. According to the police report, officers speculate that the bullet possibly was a result of shots fired during an incident in Inkster on Dec. 31.
The incident is under investigation.
Stolen vehicle found stripped down
A 31-year-old woman reported her 1989 green Honda stolen from in front of her house in the 1400 block of Euclid about 4:30 a.m. Jan. 6. The woman told police she had the only set of keys. The car, valued at $1,200, was recovered by Detroit police Jan. 7. The officers said the vehicle sustained major theft damage, including missing engine, front hood, bumper, gear shifter, and battery.
One person’s trash is another’s treasure
Police were called to the 1500 block of Fort Park Boulevard Jan. 6, when a 59-year-old man reported his Rizzo Services trash container was stolen. The man told police the can was taken sometime between 7:30 and 4 a.m. from in front of his house. The victim had no suspect information.
Drunken mind speaks sober heart
Police were dispatched to the area of Schaefer and Oakwood Boulevard Jan. 10 in response to an accident report which ended with a driver insisting on being taken to jail.
The 33-year-old driver of a silver Ford Escape explained he had been driving north on Schaefer, but when attempting to make a left turn on Dora Avenue struck a green Ford Contour Sport that had been traveling south.
As the Escape driver spoke, he struggled to maintain his balance as he swayed back and forth, nearly toppling over multiple times, police said. Officers noticed that the man’s breath smelled strongly of intoxicants. In addition to red, glossy eyes, the man’s speech also was affected, police said.
When the officer then informed the man that some field sobriety tests should be performed, he told the officer to “just take me to jail,” and “Ya’ll know I’m drunk, just take me to jail.”
After failing several standard sobriety tests, a breathalyzer registered a blood alcohol level of .447, more than 5.5 times the legal limit for drunken driving in Michigan of .08.
Two empty 24-ounce cans of beer and one full, unopened 24-ounce can of beer were confiscated from the man’s vehicle.
He was processed at the police station, but due to his very high level of intoxication, was ultimately transported to the hospital.
Benjamin from La La Land
A local man summoned police to 17100 block of Harman Avenue Jan. 9 for a report of counterfeiting. The man had listed his iPhone 6 on the online sales app Letgo. A potential buyer contacted him and agreed to pay $300 for the phone.
The buyer arrived at the victim’s home about 8:30 p.m. and paid him the agreed upon price. Once the transaction was complete and the buyer left, the victim gave a closer look at the money he’d received and found it felt very “paperlike” to the touch. He then noted marked differences between what he was holding and real money. Instead of treasury approved wording the bills read “For Motion Picture Use Only” and “For Cinematic Use Only.”
Upon showing the fills to police, the officers found the bills to say “Prop Money” beneath Benjamin Franklin’s picture. All three bills bore the same serial number.
The victim informed police he had texted the buyer on the app and had been assured the buyer was on his way to return the iPhone in exchange for the money. Though police lingered for some time, the buyer never returned.
Police confiscated the counterfeit money and attempted to contact Secret Service, but were directed to call back the next day during normal business hours.
Nose spray to the rescue
Police were dispatched to the 17000 block of Raupp Avenue Jan. 8 in response to a possible overdose.
Officers spoke to a woman, upon arrival, who explained she had been in the bathroom of the residence, when she heard her boyfriend’s body crash to the ground. She exited the bathroom, only to find him face up on the floor, not breathing. The woman recruited a neighbor to help, who performed mouth-to-mouth resuscitation on the victim. Though the victim began breathing again, he remained unresponsive.
When officers arrived, the man was on the floor, blue in color with very shallow breathing. The officer administered a dose of Intranasal Naloxone (Narcan) and the victim’s skin color normalized, along with improved breathing. The woman told police she was under the impression the victim had quit using heroin.
Dearborn firefighters arrived and administered another dose of Narcan. The man woke up and was transported to Beaumont Hospital-Dearborn.
Window smashed at pizzeria
Police were dispatched to Angie’s Pizza, 17076 Quarry Road, at 3:36 a.m. on Jan. 7 for a report of malicious destruction of property.
The caller spoke of seeing two darkly dressed juveniles exhibiting suspicious behavior as they walked up and down Quarry. The juveniles allegedly broke a window at the business before leaving the block and moving toward Pennsylvania Road.
When officers arrived, they noted that glass on the business’ front door was broke, apparently by a large piece of concrete. Upon searching the building, officers found nothing else appeared to have been disturbed.
A K-9 unit was requested to track the suspects, but the dog’s attempts were unsuccessful, due to weather conditions.
How to make a dental appointment even worse
Southgate Dental, 14755 Northline Road, was the scene of a vehicle theft Jan. 3. The victim told police she’d arrived at the dental office nearly two hours early for a procedure.
She parked her 2002 red Jeep Liberty on the west side of the building, being sure to lock the vehicle before entering the building. Victim described the vehicle as being in fair condition, with a couple of minor imperfections.
After the dental procedure, the victim attempted to return to her vehicle, only to realize it was missing.The vehicle contained her workout bag, work identification and a wooden folding table.
Returning for seconds and thirds
Sunoco, 13169 Northline Road, lodged a larceny complaint Jan. 5. When officers arrived at 5:30 a.m., they were informed by a station co-owner that seven propane tanks had been stolen sometime during the night.
At 11 p.m. the previous night, the gas station had concluded its day of business, and at the time of lockup, all of the tanks were accounted for in the locked cage outside of the building. When the co-owner arrived that morning, however, he found the propage cage was open, and seven tanks were missing. A portion of the bracket the padlock secures was cut.
The larceny was the business’ third in two months.
Though the business has external surveillance, the exterior lighting was insufficient for officers to gather any intelligence from the footage. The co-owner was advised that his gas station would be awarded special attention.
Police reported a 2004 Dodge Neon stopped in the middle of Hayes near Ziegler, running with its lights on about 2 a.m. Jan. 7. Police said the driver was passed out and lying behind the wheel of the vehicle. Officers said they knocked on the window and shined their flashlight in the man’s face, but he did not wake up. The car doors were locked. After about five minutes, the man opened his eyes and slowly unlocked the door.
The officer said the man mumbled something, but he could not understand. Police reported a strong odor of intoxicants on the man’s breath. As officers were speaking to the driver, he kept falling asleep. An officer asked the driver to get out of the vehicle and perform a field sobriety tests, which he failed. The man was arrested for drunken driving.
Marijuana detected in vehicle
A 25-year-old resident was arrested after Police K9 Delo detected marijuana scattered in the man’s car. Police in the area of West and Gorno roads about 11:30 p.m. Jan. 2, saw a driver in a Chevrolet Trailblazer driving with no exterior lights. Police stopped the vehicle and detected the odor of marijuana. The officers then called for Delo.
When Delo arrived, he alerted on the front passenger door, the glove compartment, center console and underneath the passenger seat. Delo also led officers to marijuana-filled baggie on the floorboard along with several empty plastic bags. Police also reportedly found a plastic container of synthetic urine in the center console.
The 17-year-old driver was cited for possession. Officers also recognized the 25-year-old resident passenger from prior incidents and noted he was wanted on a warrant in the city. The passenger was arrested.
Three strike rule
A report of property damage brought police to the 800 block of Superior Street at 10:35 p.m. Jan. 8.
Police were greeted by three witnesses who expressed concern over the male culprit who had just left the premises. One of the witnesses previously dated the suspect, and believed him to be depressed.
According to the ex-girlfriend, the man had been texting her, then arrived at the house. He was attempting to have his ex-girlfriend leave with him, but when she didn’t, he became angry. Witnesses report the man began to yell at the woman, becoming irate and ultimately storming from the house. The scent of alcohol was, reportedly, quite evident on him.
Alarmed that the offender was intoxicated to point of not being in his right state of mind, the witnesses reasoned with him not to go. Instead, he walked to a recently deceased neighbor’s residence and punched the front door, breaking the screen door. He then climbed into his red Chevy Camaro and drove away.
The witnesses called 911 because they felt the man was highly intoxicated and out of control.
While officers were still on the scene, two other officers spotted the man’s vehicle and watched it roll through a stop sign at St. Johns. A traffic stop was then performed, with probable cause to arrest him for destruction of property. The two officers performing the traffic stop were familiar with the man, as they had conducted a wellness check on him previously in the evening.
The smell of alcohol on man was again evident. When officers asked if he’d been drinking more since they checked on him earlier, he responded that he had not. Once removed from the vehicle and searched, the man failed field sobriety tests. A breathalyzer test scored 0.243, three times the legal limit in Michigan of .08.
He was arrested, his driver’s license was destroyed and the Camaro impounded.
Larceny or weeping angels?
A 78-year-old woman requested police in the 2400 block of Biddle Avenue Jan. 8. When officers arrived at 4:26 p.m., she detailed going to the apartment storage area and discovering missing items.
A month ago, when she collected her Christmas decorations from the storage area, her seven ceramic statues were present. However, after the holiday, when she took her decorations down, put them in their bins and returned to the apartment storage area, the statues were nowhere to be found.
The storage area is accessible and shared by all the residents. There are no suspects.
(Compiled by Zeinab Najm, Angela Nims and Tereasa Nims.)