DETROIT, Mich. – Police have arrested a 23-year-old suspect after he allegedly led authorities on an erratic pursuit, eventually ending the chase by ramming his vehicle into a cruiser.
And he did it all while live-streaming the video to Facebook.
According to a report from KRTV, the suspect began filming and streaming the video live while he was behind the wheel of his car around 2:30 a.m. Friday morning in the east side of Detroit. In the initial part of the video, the suspect reportedly can be heard wondering if he could get himself involved in a police chase.
It didn’t take that long for his dreams to become a reality.
As the man began driving his pickup truck erratically through the streets, running stoplights and driving on the wrong side of the road, officers quickly picked up on the suspicious behavior and began to give chase.
KRTV says that officers from Macomb County and Warren began pursuing the suspect in an attempt to get him to give up and pull over.
But he was determined. Officers say that instead of slowing down, the suspect decided to take off, reaching high speeds and managing to elude pursuing officers.
Commenters on Facebook pleaded with the driver, begging him to stop the dangerous behavior and surrender to authorities.
But it didn’t deter him. As officers spotted his vehicle and again continued to chase him, the suspect told viewers that he wanted to see if his truck was faster than the Detroit cruisers.
He sped along the road, but then after a few moments the suspect made an abrupt U-turn, facing his truck directly at the pursuing officers.
Then he floored it at the cruiser, head on. The truck smashed into the passenger side of one of the cruisers, causing the airbags to fully deploy, KRTV’s report said.
BREAKING: this is a CRAZY story. A man live-streams on Facebook as he runs red lights and weaves all over the road eventually hitting a police car, and THAT is only half the story. Tune in now @wxyzdetroit pic.twitter.com/VFzsVrGq3t
— Jennifer Ann Wilson WXYZ (@JennaWils) November 8, 2019
After the collision, officers said that the driver took off again, but then returned to the scene of the crash just minutes later.
He surrendered and was taken into custody. He now faces charges of felonious assault of a police officer and reckless driving, though other charges may be added to the bill.
Police say that the driver refused medical treatment and was booked into the Detroit Detention Center.
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Both of the officers involved in the collision were transported to the hospital for their injuries. They are both expected to make a full recovery.
The case is still being investigated.
The trend of streaming interactions with police officers seems to be growing in popularity. In September, a suspect filmed himself running from police, then allegedly went after them with a knife.
A suspect was killed in an officer involved shooting on September 7 after he led police on a chase from Edina to Richfield, the Star Tribune reported.
Edina Police say that the incident began when officers attempted to stop the suspect, who was later identified as Brian J. Quinones, for running through a red light.
The officers began their pursuit of Quinones as he continued to run through intersections through much of the southwest metro area, eventually drawing the officers across town lines and over into Richfield.
It wasn’t until after the chase was over that police realized their suspect had been broadcasting video of the pursuit live to Facebook. The video reportedly showed Quinones driving and looking into his rearview mirror multiple times as red and blue lights flash in the background. Amazingly, Quinones appeared to be quite calm during the pursuit. He even seems to be bobbing his head and singing along to the music on the car speakers while he flees.
Police Chase, Deadly Shooting Streamed on Facebook Live in Richfield, Minnesota https://t.co/OxxXwPnyqg
A man who was killed in an officer-involved shooting in Richfield, Minnesot… pic.twitter.com/qa5bpjQN5k
— USA UK News (@trendsNewsday) September 8, 2019
Richfield officers joined in the chase and eventually police were able to force the suspect’s vehicle to stop near E. 77th Street and Chicago Avenue.
Police say that once the car was no longer moving, Quinones jumped out of the vehicle. Officers say he was holding a knife in his hand.
“Drop the knife! Drop the knife!” the officers screamed.
But Quinones continued to advance on the officers, leaving them no choice but to utilize deadly force. Officers fire at least seven rounds during the burst of gunfire. There’s a short pause, then another four shots.
“Shots fired, shots fired!” the dispatch audio picks up moments later.
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Quinones fell to the ground and was pronounced dead from his injuries. Investigators say that his phone continued to record for another 97 minutes as police worked the scene.
Quinones’ body was covered with a sheet while investigators worked on detailing the shooting. His white sneakers stuck out from underneath the sheet, and as onlookers were drawn to the commotion, they began to get angry.
Video recorded at the scene shows angry residents screaming at police officers as they attempt to form a line to protect the crime scene.
Extremely heated scene here in Richfield, where dozens of officers are lining the scene of a fatal police shooting behind an apartment complex. A man’s body is visible under a white bag along the median. Residents are screaming at police. pic.twitter.com/pjpAERpun1
— Liz Sawyer (@ByLizSawyer) September 8, 2019
Bystanders screamed at the police for using deadly force on the knife-wielding suspect.
Quinones had apparently written, “So sorry” in a post to Facebook just before the live video was broadcasted.
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