Troubled Teen Drives Into Lake St. Clair During Police Chase

WWJ News
November 05, 2019 - 7:35 am

CHESTERFIELD TOWNSHIP (WWJ) - A high-speed chase ends with a teen driving into Lake St. Clair and police making a daring rescue.

The situation unfolded around 11:30 p.m. Sunday when Chesterfield Township Police got a 911 call from the parents of a 16-year-old boy. They said their son had stolen their 2018 GMC Terrain and was making threats that he was going to kill himself.

Officers quickly found the boy driving on 23 Mile Road near Nicolette Drive, where a high speed pursuit started. The chase continued to the area of North Avenue and 27 Mile Road in Lenox Township, where police terminated the pursuit due to the teen's reckless driving at high speeds placing innocent motorists in danger.

Minutes later, the teen returned to Chesterfield Township where he was spotted by police at 21 Mile Road near I-94. He again fled from officers at a high rate of speed and eventually drove off the end of 21 Mile Road at Jefferson Avenue and went right into Lake St. Clair. 

An officer immediately jumped into the lake and tried to save the young driver. The officer was eventually helped by back up officers and firefighters wearing emergency water rescue gear.

The SUV slowly sank while the teen resisted being saved, according to police. He was ultimately taken into custody and transported to an area hospital for care.

The SUV was eventually removed from the lake.

The incident remains under investigation.