High-speed police pursuits have become increasingly common in recent months, but rarely do two occur at the same time in the same city.
That was the scene that played out in Wyandotte, resulting in two stolen vehicles fleeing two separate police officers, with both chases ending in crashes.
The incident began at 3:45 a.m. on Aug. 31 after an officer spotted a stolen vehicle traveling west on Goddard Road, approaching Fort Street. According to police, only minutes earlier the vehicle had been stolen from the 400 block of Fourth Street in Wyandotte.
When the officer attempted to get in position to conduct a traffic stop, a second stolen vehicle deliberately cut off the officer in an attempt to cause interference.
Two officers in separate patrol vehicles initiated a traffic stop on each stolen vehicle. However, the drivers fled at a high rate of speed.
“The officers pursued the vehicles simultaneously in separate locations for several miles before both vehicles crashed,” said Deputy Police Chief Archie Hamilton. “Each stolen vehicle was occupied by two males who fled the crash scene on foot.”
The officers were able to capture one person from Detroit, under the age of 18.
Both stolen vehicles were recovered but had been damaged in the crashes.