Police Follow Smoke To Fleeing Suspect In Downtown Detroit

WWJ News
August 05, 2020 - 5:45 pm
State Police Car

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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. 


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.