Coriante Dewayne Harras, left, and Rodil Roberto Johnson-Smith (Photos: Detroit Police)

Detroit Men Charged For Auto Theft, Police Chase Along I-75

Johnson-Smith sideswiped several vehicles before striking the retaining wall.

March 11, 2019 - 5:08 pm
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DETROIT (WWJ) -- A pair of Detroit men have been charged in connection to a police chase with a stolen vehicle along I-75 in Detroit. 

Prosecutors say around 9:15 on March 8, Detroit police located a reported stolen vehicle in the area of Lawton and Linwood Streets on the city's northwest side. The vehicle was unoccupied at the time, but about an hour later, prosecutors say 23-year-old Rodil Roberto Johnson-Smith and 27-year-old Coriante Dewayne Harras entered the vehicle and drove off to the area of Sussex and Curtis Streets, several miles away, and parked behind another vehicle.

It is alleged that Harras entered the second vehicle and drove away.

Detroit police attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the first vehicle, driven by Johnson-Smith, who then allegedly sped away, disregarding lights and sirens. Johnson-Smith sideswiped several vehicles before striking the retaining wall on I-75. Johnson-Smith fled the scene on foot, but was apprehended a short time later.

After investigating, officers were able to arrest Harras in the second vehicle on the southbound Southfield Service Drive near 7 Mile Road.

Johnson-Smith and Harras have both been charged with one count of receiving and concealing stolen property -- motor vehicle, and one count of unlawful driving away of an automobile.

Both defendants were arraigned out of county on Sunday and are scheduled to be appear in 36th District Court on March 20. Both defendants received a $10,000/cash/surety/10% bond.