BRANDON TOWNSHIP, MI – Oakland County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to the 1700 block of Ortonville Rd. for a vehicle that had struck the BP gas station, causing damage to the front doors and the interior.
A man, known to the employee as he was a regular customer, had come into the store. He was identified as William David Edmonds. Witnesses knew Edmonds as a regular customer that went by the name of “Will”.
William Edmonds, 24-years-old, of Groveland Township, purchased beer, opened one and got into his vehicle which was parked near the pumps. Edmonds accelerated at a high rate of speed in the parking lot turning 180 degrees, striking the curb by a gas pump. He lost control of his vehicle and crashed through the store front.
The employee who called to report the incident, advised the Sheriff’s Operation Center that the driver had taken the plate and some papers from the truck and then fled on foot. The employee also stated that they knew who the suspect was.
The driver was described as a white male, with red hair and a beard. He was wearing a blue hoodie and blue jeans. The employee advised deputies that he obtained the plate number prior to the subject removing it.
The K9 Unit began a track which was ultimately terminated in the area of Glass and Michael street. Deputies returned to the store and advised the Sheriff’s Operation Center that there was smoke near the floor of the building. The bottles of broken alcohol had apparently seeped into an outlet in the floor causing an electrical fire. The Brandon Township Fire Department arrived on scene to assist. Deputies will follow up with the investigation.
William Edmonds was located and arrested by Deputies 13 hours later at his home in Groveland Twp. after multiple checks at his home.
During the interview process with authorities, William Edmonds said he wanted to speed around the gas pumps because his new tires would spin easily. He admitted to drinking beer. He said as he sped around the gas pumps, he hit a curb and lost control and crashed through the store. He said he got scared and removed his plate and fled. He said he had no intention on running into the gas station or hurting anyone.
The Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office issued a two count warrant for Reckless Driving and Failing to Report an accident (leaving the scene). The warrant was sworn to on 10-25-19 at 52-2 District Court in front of Magistrate Schouman. He was then arraigned and issued a $5,000 personal bond, not to return to the store, to test twice weekly for alcohol and drugs.
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