Incident: Stolen Vehicle Chase
Jan 8, 2023
On January 8, 2023 at approximately 8:20 am, Deputies from the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office attempted to stop a vehicle displaying a stolen registration plate while traveling westbound on I-96 near M-59 in Howell Township. When the deputy activated the emergency lights, the 2021 Toyota Rav4 accelerated in an attempt to flee from the deputy reaching speeds over 100 mph.
A Fowlerville Police officer was in position on westbound I-96 about a mile west of Fowlerville Rd to deploy stop sticks. When the suspect observed the Fowlerville patrol car, the Toyota cut across the median to avoid the stop sticks.
The Toyota began to travel westbound in the eastbound lanes of I-96. Deputies followed the Toyota through the median and immediately performed a PIT maneuver (precision immobilization technique) to stop the vehicle from traveling in the wrong direction on I-96. The vehicle went into the median, coming to a stop and the 34 yr old male driver from Detroit was taken into custody without further incident.
There were no injuries sustained in the maneuver and the vehicles sustained minor damage.
The registration plate, reported stolen out of Detroit Police Department, belonged on a 2012 Ford Taurus. The 2021 Toyota Rav4 was also reported stolen out of Southfield Police Department.
This incident remains under investigation by the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office