Suspected DUI driver saved from police after chase

An 18-year-old male was rescued by deputies from a flame-engulfed vehicle after an intense police chase that lead to the vehicle crashing. The crash took place early Sunday morning, January 28th, and left the driver with a broken femur and lacerations. Deputies detected the smell of alcohol and marijuana coming from the suspect during the rescue, leading them to believe that the driver was possibly driving under the influence.

“This is a reminder of the types of incidents our Deputies can encounter each and every day,” said Sheriff Michael J. Bouchard. “While our Deputy had been in pursuit of the speeding suspect, it was their first instinct to risk their own lives to save this individual from a burning vehicle. If not for the quick actions of our Deputies, this individual may have not survived this incident.”

A Deputy from the Oakland County Sheriffs Department was assigned to the Orion Township Substation and was in the area around 2:30 am when the driver sped by, which initiated the chase. After failing to pull over once the police car’s sirens started, the driver lost control and flipped onto its side, eventually catching on fire.

The Deputy broke through the sunroof of the car and pulled the driver to safety. Arriving Deputies aided in the rescue, and the smell of substances was detected.

The suspect was transported to McLaren Hospital-Oakland for treatment, and has since been released. A warrant for the suspect’s blood was granted, and the incident remains under investigation pending the results.


Photo: Oakland County Sheriff’s Office


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