NEW BALTIMORE, Mich. - A tire thief on the run from police in New Baltimore crashed his stolen pickup, first into a police cruiser, then a wall.
This high speed chase happened on west bound I-94 and reached speeds of 110 miles per hour.
"He had nothing to lose. To him it was getting away or nothing,” said Chief Bradley A. Kersten of Chesterfield Police.
Kersten says the parolee behind the wheel is 33-year-old Derrick Lamar Brown of Detroit, and he has a lengthy auto-theft record.
This is the stolen pick up the tire thief drove; here is where he allegedly punched the ignition.
He was caught red-handed in a neighborhood stealing tires, and loading them into a stolen pick-up truck, the man had nothing to lose when police caught him in the act on Brennan road early Tuesday morning.
"He just threw them in the back of the pick-up truck and immediately fled,” said Kersten.
Police cruisers were posted up at exits, managing to burst one of the runaway pick-up truck's tires with stop sticks.
That slowed the suspect down and he veered into a neighborhood. Cornered by police, he made a desperate move.
The truck slammed into a cruiser, but no one was injured, the chase continued on in another nearby neighborhood.
The chase ended with the suspect crashing into a wall.
“There was a short foot pursuit by the officers. He was taken into custody without incident. Obviously being a parolee, he just refused to cooperate with investigators from that point forward,” said Kersten.
Police say Brown will likely face ten years in prison, now arraigned on four counts of fleeing officers, stealing, larceny and driving on a suspended license.
Chief Kersten hopes this arrest means an end to a recent rash in tire thefts in the area.
"We've had a rash of them. Detectives have been following up on numerous leads, but obviously an arrest during the act of the crime is a little bit better,” said Kersten.