By Scott Bolthouse—Hub Editor
A 21-year-old Wayne resident was arrested March 11 after he rammed a Huron Township police car during a pursuit that spanned for several miles and involved multiple police agencies.
At about 4:47 p.m., Huron officers on patrol in a fully marked vehicle attempted to pull over a speeding driver, identified as Joshua Robinson, in the area of Sibley Road, west of Inkster.
A license plate check of the car Robinson was driving showed that it was reported as stolen recently out of the Walker Police Department.
Robinson then fled from police and rammed their cruiser three times during a pursuit which reached speeds of 85 mph, Public Safety Director Everette Robbins said.
The pursuit finally ended near Farmington and Six Mile Road in Livonia, where Robinson went off the road and was taken into custody.
Michigan State Police and Canton Police assisted in the pursuit.
Check out police radio traffic during the chase, courtesy of the Huron Township Police Department.
No officers were hurt during the pursuit, and Robinson received treatment from Huron Fire Department for minor scratches.
“This is another example of the great, professional police work being done day in and day out by our staff. This is exactly how this is supposed to work. The good guys go home safely to their families and the bad guy goes to jail,” Public Safety Director Robbins said.
Robinson was arraigned in the 34th District Court on six felony charges, including receiving and concealing stolen property, fleeing police, assault with a dangerous weapon, assaulting a police officer, malicious destruction of property and motor vehicle theft.
“I cannot stress the importance of our officers conducting traffic enforcement in our community. Because of their self-initiated traffic enforcement, a felon who proved to be dangerous by ramming a patrol vehicle multiple times is behind bars. With the fact that he was driving a stolen vehicle, it is reasonable to think that this arrest may have stopped a vehicle theft from our community or something worse,” Robbins said.
“I want to personally thank our dispatch staff for their work during this incident. Their professionalism and calm demeanor during this incident cannot be overstated. Emergency 911 dispatchers are the unsung heroes on many occasions; I appreciate the hard work they do each and every day for our residents.”