Homeowner says Ecorse cops won't pay for home damage from chase

Ecorse police chase a suspect who ends up crashing into someone's porch 10 months ago.

Now the homeowner says police are sticking her with the bill. So the question is who pays for the damage?

The chase happened back in October of 2016; it ended with a crash on Knox Street in Ecorse. Renee Qualls, who lives here, says her porch is still crumbling and her house has a huge hole in it.

"This porch is unstable," said Lonnie Pettway, Qualls' boyfriend. "It is starting to crack on the inside and on some of the walls."

Pettway says he was there when it all went down.

"We were actually parked right in front of the driveway that the truck came through," he said. "It definitely would have hit us if we would've waited probably another minute."

Ecorse police say a 16-year-old was driving recklessly and was evading officers giving chase, even ramming a police car.

Police say the driver cut through the backyard, hitting a trailer and knocking it into two parked cars before crashing into the home.

Now a year later, Qualls has assessed the damage and said they are looking at a bill of nearly $8,000.

"We need it fixed," he said.

Qualls said she doesn't have insurance and cannot get any until repairs are made. They are wondering what they are supposed to do and thought police would have followed up.

"We never heard anything," Pettway said. "She's been up there a couple times to figure out what's going on."

But this mess according to police isn't their responsibility. Officers said Qualls can either sue the driver or his insurance for the damages or bring in the appropriate paperwork along with the damage assessment, to police. Then she would receive a victim compensation form from Wayne County.

"We need all of that information so we can add it to the report," said Det. Sgt. William McCaig. "(Then) she should (get a letter from Wayne County)."

Although it's been almost a year and a bit confusing, Qualls is glad this is all being straightened out. By the way... that driver has been arrested and charged.

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