ORION TOWNSHIP, MI – An Oakland County Sheriff’s Deputy assigned to the Orion Township Substation was on patrol in the area of Baldwin and Brown Roads on Sunday, January 28th around 2:30AM.
The Deputy witnessed a driver pass him at a high rate of speed and he attempted to catch up with the vehicle. The speeding vehicle continued north on Baldwin Road until it negotiated a left turn onto westbound Maybee Road. The Deputy activated his emergency lights and sirens in attempt to catch up to the speeding vehicle. The vehicle lost control on the gravel roadway and drove into a wooded area where it overturned on its side.
The vehicle caught fire and the responding Deputy pulled the driver from the vehicle after the Deputy broke through the sunroof using his asp. Additional responding Deputies arrived on scene and assisted in moving the driver away from the fully engulfed vehicle to a place of safety. During the investigation, Deputies detected the odor of marijuana and alcohol coming from the driver’s person at the time of the incident.
“This is a reminder of the types of incidents our Deputies can encounter each and every day,” said Sheriff Michael J. Bouchard. “While our Deputy had been in pursuit of this speeding suspect, it was their first instinct to risk their own lives to save this individual from a burning vehicle. If not for the quick action of our Deputies, this individual may have not survived this incident.”
Deputies requested to the have Orion Township Fire Department respond to the scene of the crash to extinguish the fire. Paramedics treated the driver for a broken femur and lacerations. Photographs of the scene were taken by an Evidence Technician and the vehicle was impounded and towed to a secure area for further examination. The driver, an 18 year old male resident of Orion Township, who was 6’2 and 240 lbs, was arrested and charges are currently pending blood results. The suspect was transported to McLaren Hospital – Oakland for further medical treatment where he was admitted for his injuries. Deputies obtained a search warrant for a sample of the suspect’s blood. He was released from custody pending further investigation. The incident remains under investigation.