Detroit man fled traffic stop, ran red light before crashing into pregnant woman, 1 other

Ryan Edward Smith

A Detroit man who fled police in a vehicle before crashing into two victims and seriously injuring them has been charged with a litany of crimes.

Ryan Edward Smith, 34, was taken into custody over the weekend after Westland police attempted a traffic stop. The defendant fled at a high rate of speed after officers had exited the vehicle. Smith later disregarded a red light while driving at a high rate of speed before crashing into a Highland Park man and an Inkster woman. 

He was arraigned Tuesday in the 18th District Court and given a $750,000 cash bond, according to a release from the Wayne County Prosecutor. 

The incident unfolded around 9:30 p.m. on March 25. Police were in the area of Inkster Road and Warren Road when they attempted the traffic stop. After the defendant sped off down Inkster Road, he ran through a traffic light before colliding with a vehicle at the intersection of Ford and Inkster Road. 

Medics that arrived at the scene took the victims to a local hospital - which including a 27-year-old pregnant woman. 

Smith was charged with second-degree fleeing, third-degree fleeing, driving with a suspended license, reckless driving causing serious impairment, and a moving violation causing serious impairment. 

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He'll be back in court April 6 for a probable cause conference.