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Innocent driver killed in crash involving parole violator, Detroit police chief says

Chief looking into why suspect was not in custody

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DETROIT – Detroit Police Chief James Craig said he's working to find out why a parole violator who was wearing a tether wasn't arrested before he caused a crash Thursday afternoon that killed an innocent driver.

Craig said an officer tried to stop the suspect, who was driving a Dodge Charger, but the suspect sped off. Craig said the chase was called off before the suspect crashed on the city's west side.

"The vehicle fled, lost sight of the officers and struck a vehicle that was not involved at all. The unfortunate part is that the person driving that vehicle, here at Greenfield and Elmira, an innocent person in a vehicle, is a fatality," Craig said.

The victim's name hasn't been released.

Craig said the suspect and another person in the Charger are being treated at a hospital for injuries. It was at the hospital that it was discovered the suspect was wearing a tether.

Craig said an arrest warrant for the suspect was issued in July for a weapons parole violation.

"Why was this person still out? And why didn't we arrest that person when notified that there was an active warrant in the system?" Craig said.

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