Fleeing Subject Causes Freeway Closure on I-75

ERIE TOWNSHIP, MI – A 37-year-old man from Pontiac is in police custody after leading the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office and the Michigan State Police on a pursuit that ended peacefully on I-75 in Monroe County at 11:25AM on Thursday August 10th, 2017.

At approximately 4 a.m. on today’s date, deputies from the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to check the welfare of a man after he made suicidal threats to friends. The man was located in his vehicle, parked in a parking lot in the City of Pontiac. Deputies attempted to make contact with the subject; however, he fled in his vehicle leading responding officers on a pursuit that traveled south on I-75. Deputies pursuing the vehicle reported that the suspect had brandished a handgun, and was streaming live video of himself on the Facebook Live App making threats to kill responding law enforcement officers. Units from the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office were forced to terminate their pursuit, but provided information on the suspect’s last known direction of travel.

The suspect vehicle was later spotted by troopers from the Metro South Post on I-75 near Gibraltar Road. When the troopers attempted to make a traffic stop on the vehicle, the suspect fled south on I-75, into Monroe County. Deputies from the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office were able to successfully deploy stop sticks, which deflated the suspect vehicle’s tires, disabling the vehicle on southbound I-75 near Gaynier Road. After repeated verbal commands were given to the suspect to exit his vehicle were ignored, the Michigan State Police Emergency Support Team responded to the scene. After intense negotiations were conducted, the suspect willfully surrendered, throwing his handgun out onto to the ground and peacefully exiting his vehicle. He was taken into custody, and charged by the Monroe County Prosecutor’s Office with Fleeing and Eluding, and Resisting Arrest, both are felony level crimes. Neither the suspect nor responding officers suffered any injuries. The suspect is currently lodged at the Monroe County Jail, pending his arraignment before the presiding Judge at the First District Court of Monroe County.

During the emergency response, both direction of I-75 were closed to motorists from Luna Pier Road to South Otter Creek Road, causing traffic to be diverted on to M-125 and Telegraph Roads. Several agencies assisted in the emergency response, those include; the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office, Monroe County Sheriff’s Department, Erie Township Police Department, Luna Pier Fire Department, and Monroe Community Ambulance.

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