MONROE COUNTY, MI – A 31 year-old Ohio man is in custody for multiple charges after he was involved in several motor vehicle crashes, attempted to steal an unoccupied pickup truck, and drove his vehicle at a local Monroe resident on Thursday afternoon March 1st, 2018, at approximately 3pm.
Initially, troopers were dispatched to a hit and run traffic crash on South Dixie Highway near Kay Drive after a red pickup truck had struck another pickup truck and the at-fault driver failed to stop at the scene. Upon arrival, witnesses alerted troopers to search for the suspect vehicle, which was eventually stopped by officers with the Monroe Police Department on South Dixie Highway near Brookshire Drive. Monroe Police Officers detained the suspect driver, who was later turned over to troopers from the Monroe Post.
Upon further investigation, troopers determined that the suspect driver was under the influence of drugs and was involved in several traffic crashes that were investigated by the Michigan State Police and Monroe Police Department. Troopers also discovered that the suspect attempted to steal a 2013 Chevrolet Silverado pick-up truck that was left parked and running in the parking lot of the KFC restaurant on South Dixie Highway near Dunbar Road.
The suspect opened the door, sat in the vehicle and attempted to place the vehicle in drive when the engine quit due to the remote start safety feature. The vehicle’s owner was able to yell at the suspect, who then fled the scene. This same suspect was also involved in another incident on Kay Drive in Monroe Township, where he drove his vehicle over several lawns, and nearly struck a local resident who was cleaning the snow in front of his home.
The suspect was taken to Promedica Monroe Hospital where a blood test was conducted to determine toxicology. The suspect was lodged at the Monroe County Jail on several charges, which include; assault with a dangerous weapon (vehicle), attempted unlawful driving away of a vehicle (UDAA), and driving while under the influence of drugs. While at the jail, the suspect had concealed a suspected controlled substance on his person, which was recovered by booking officers from the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office.
Troopers were assisted during this investigation by the Monroe Police Department and Monroe County Sheriff’s Office.