Detroit man charged with causing fatal crash after firing gun, leading police on chase

Police say Dontae Lindsey ran into vehicle while running red light


DETROIT – A 34-year-old Detroit man was charged Thursday in connection with a domestic shooting and a fatal crash during a police chase.

Dontae Eugene Linsdey is accused of firing a gun Tuesday in the 14000 block of Northlawn Avenue on Detroit's west side. Police said Lindsey was involved in a physical altercation when he pointed a gun and shot it in the home. He then left the home, fired a shot at a vehicle and drove away in a van, police said.

Police officers saw the van and tried to conduct a traffic stop, but Lindsey continued to drive. He led officers on a pursuit until they lost sight of the van.

Another Detroit officer saw the van run a red light and crash into a car near Schaefer and Southfield. The driver of the other car was killed in the crash.

Police arrested Lindsey at the scene. He is charged with second-degree murder, first-degree fleeing and eluding police officers, driving with a suspended license causing death, discharge of a weapon in a building, being a felon in possession of a firearm, three counts of assault with a dangerous weapon, using a firearm in the commission of a felony, domestic violence, assault and battery and reckless use of a firearm.

Lindsey was arrested Thursday and remains in custody.

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A man was killed Tuesday morning when a man accused of shooting at a relative ran a red light at Schaefer Highway and the I-96 Service Drive and hit his vehicle, police said.

According to police, the 34-year-old man who ran the light fired shots at a home in the 14000 block Northlawn Street, about a mile and a half from the crash scene.

Officers went to the home, and there was a short pursuit, but police lost the driver.

Another group of officers spotted the man and followed him with their lights off. The man ran a red light at Schaefer Highway and I-96, hitting another vehicle and killing the driver, police said.

Marcus Preston, who works at a nearby gas station, said the man was driving so fast that he should have been on a racetrack. 

“You knew somebody was in that car,” said Preston. “You instantly start crying.”

Police said that because their lights were off, they aren’t sure if the man knew he was being followed or why he decided to run the light.

The man was taken into custody. The crash remains under investigation.

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