Man Arrested After Fleeing Livonia Police With Child In Car

"I will not be pursuing -- he's got a young child in the car."

WWJ News
March 16, 2020 - 9:01 pm
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LIVONIA, Mich. (WWJ) -- A Brighton man is behind bars after trying to flee police in Livonia earlier this month.

Livonia police say 41-year-old Ryan Creasey is facing charges of fleeing and eluding police, reckless driving and driving on a suspended license after trying to speed away during a traffic stop on March 1.

A Livonia officer was on routine patrol on March 1 when he noticed a black Pontiac Grad Prix, and recognized Creasey as the driver. Police say the officer has had contact with with suspect in the past. The officer determined Creasey had a suspended license and three current warrants for his arrest.

That's when the officer initiated a traffic stop, and they pulled into a parking lot on the corner of eastbound Schoolcraft and Merriman. As the officer got out of his patrol vehicle and walked towards Creasey's vehicle, the suspect took off, squealing his tires.

Creasey pulled out of the parking lot and drove the wrong way in the eastbound lanes of Schoolcraft to get away.

Police released video of the incident, which shows the officer deciding not to pursue Creasey because he knew there was a small child in the backseat.

"He fled westbound on Schoolcraft. I will not be pursuing -- he's got a young child in the car," the officer is heard saying.

Four days later, Livonia Police Special Operations officers located Creasey and took him into custody without incident on March 5.

Creasey waived his arraignment on March 6 and bond was set in the amount of $50,000, 10%. Creasey’s next court appearance is scheduled for March 19 at 9 a.m. for a Probable Cause Conference.