Officers recover gun, Taser after teens crash stolen car while fleeing Dearborn Heights police

A stolen car full of teens was involved in a multi-vehicle crash in Dearborn after the driver fled police Monday afternoon.

Dearborn Heights police tried to stop the stolen vehicle at Michigan Avenue and Outer Drive just after 4 p.m., but the driver fled, hitting a blue van and a black pickup truck at Oakwood. 

"Next thing I hear is this big explosion like boom!" said Sean Ross, who was in the parking lot at Les Stanford Chevrolet when the crash happened. "I see one guy exit out this vehicle here and start running that way."

Both innocent drivers sustained non-life-threatening injuries. 

"There were two civilians minding their own business today that were hit by someone fleeing the police," Dearborn Heights Police Chief Jerrod Hart said.

Bystanders jumped in and helped stop the fleeing suspect until he was taken into custody.  

Dearborn Heights Police said five people from Michigan and North Dakota who are between the ages of 15 and 18 were in the stolen car. Two of those teens were taken to a hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.

"When they came up on the car they had their weapons drawn," Ross said. "They had to actually cut the car open to get him out and then got him in the truck and take him to the hospital."

Police recovered a loaded 9mm Smith & Wesson pistol with an extended magazine and a Taser from the stolen vehicle. One of the teens had a tether.