Police Follow Smoke To Fleeing Suspect In Downtown Detroit

WWJ News
August 05, 2020 - 5:45 pm
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(WWJ) It was a dramatic chase, but no one was injured Wednesday when a driver fled a traffic stop in Downtown Detroit.

Michigan State Police say the driver floored the gas and sped away after he was pulled over at around 1:30 p.m. along the I-375 southbound Service Drive near Monroe St. 

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With the help of a police helicopter, troopers managed to track a plume of smoking from the car's engine to the parking lot of a nearby church, MSP said. 

The driver reversed the car into a brick wall, got out and began running towards a distillery, police said. He was arrested a short time later without further incident.

It's unclear why the man fled the traffic stop in the first place. 

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He is now in jail awaiting expected charges of fleeing and eluding police and resisting arrest. His name is being withheld pending prosecutors' review and an arraignment.