Suspect's vehicle (photo: Detroit Police)

Belleville Man Charged After Hit-And-Run Leaves Cop In Critical Condition

August 07, 2018 - 3:22 pm

DETROIT (WWJ) - A Belleville man is facing felony charges for a hit-and-run crash that has left a Detroit police officer fighting for his life.

The Wayne County Prosecutor's Office said 19-year-old Jonathan David Cole is charged with one count of Reckless Driving Causing Serious Impairment to a Bodily Function and Failure to Stop at the Scene of an Accident Resulting in Serious Impairment.

Officer Fadi Shukur, who has been with the DPD for about a year, was hit along McNichols Road near the Southfield Freeway, early Saturday morning, while working to disperse a party crowd. According to investigators, Cole was traveling at around 60-70 miles per hour in a Jeep SUV when he struck the 30-year-old officer, who was on foot outside his patrol car. 

Cole fled the scene, police said, but turned himself in at a DPD precinct later in the day. 

Bond was set at $150,000 cash or surtey at an arraignment in 36th District Court Tuesday on the condition that, if he's released, Cole have no contact with any witnesses -- including his own mother and father.  A probable cause conference is scheduled for Aug. 14 and a preliminary exam for Aug. 21, both before Judge Kenneth King. 

Shukur, meanwhile, remains hospitalized in critical condition. Detroit Police Chief James Craig has said that the officer is on life support.