Man crashes into gas pump during Detroit police chase

One of the owners of a Detroit BP gas station on Schaefer -- pulled up to what he calls a crazy confrontation.

"It was a very surreal scene because I saw the gas station surrounded by police officers," said Mohammed.

Detroit police say minutes earlier, they began chasing someone driving a 2018 black Kia Optima near Liddesdale and Gilroy streets Wednesday night after hearing gun shots.

 "It was like something out of a movie or something."

Police say the drivers arm had been hanging out of the window firing shots as the car sped toward I-75. A mile later the car smashed into a gas pump, knocking it out of the ground just seconds after a truck pulled away.

"I'm very lucky that it didn't hurt anybody. I’m very surprised no one got hurt."

The second an employee inside heard that crash he made sure the situation didn’t get any worse.

"My first reaction was right away to hit the stop button, right away. I ran toward the safety emergency button and hit it before anything else would've happened."

That stop button thankfully, stopped the gas.  As police arrived the driver quickly ran off but not running fast enough.

"They picked him up somewhere on the other side of the fence in the bushes. He was hiding."

The driver was eventually handcuffed and arrested.

"He was complaining that police were too rough, but he looked fine to me."

Now the owners are left with the cleanup.

“The guy deserved to get what he got. He could have killed somebody doing this.”

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