Thu. Aug 5th, 2021

FLINT, MI – The Oakland County Sheriff’s Fugitive Apprehension Team arrested a parole absconder in Friday’s hit and run traffic accident that left a woman pinned under her car before she was rescued by deputies.

Dontonio Tremone Nichols, 30-years-old, of Pontiac, was arrested north of Flint without incident late Friday after detectives developed information as to his whereabouts.

He was arraigned today before 52nd District Court Magistrate Michael Bosnic on a three felony counts: operating a motor vehicle while driver’s license is suspended, revoked or denied causing serious injury; failure to stop at the scene of an accident resulting in serious impairment or death; and resisting or obstructing a police officer. Bosnic set bond at $275,000 cash or surety.

“I am proud of the fast thinking deputies that were able to save the woman and get her emergency care,” Sheriff Michael Bouchard said today. “I’m also very proud of our Fugitive Apprehension Team and their quick work to locate and take the defendant into custody.”

Dontonio Nichols is accused of speeding through a construction zone and disregarding a stop sign. As a deputy tried to make a traffic stop, Nichols drove away, ran a stop sign and broadsided a vehicle driven by a Pontiac woman at the intersection of Rundell and Edison streets in Pontiac Friday afternoon. He got out of the SUV he was driving, stumbled and immediately ran away from the scene, never checking on the occupants of the other vehicle.

The woman, 24-years-old, was ejected from her vehicle, which then rolled over, trapping her beneath the car with only her legs visible. She was unconscious but breathing. Her 2-year-old son was left dangling in the vehicle but was restrained in a child seat. He was not injured.

Sheriff’s deputies on the scene knew they could not wait for mechanical assistance and they banded together to lift the vehicle enough to pull her from under the wreckage. Bouchard credited the deputies with saving the woman’s life. She was upgraded from critical to stable condition Saturday.

The dash camera video from the patrol car captured the crash and a second dash camera video captured the deputies moving the vehicle to free the woman.

The Michigan Department of Corrections listed Nichols as a parole absconder. He has prior convictions in Oakland County and one from Kalamazoo County dating to 2008. The offenses include home invasion, fleeing a police officer, possession of narcotics/cocaine less than 25 grams and receiving and concealing stolen property – motor vehicle. He was paroled on July 2nd, 2019.

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