WEST BLOOMFIELD, Mich. – A man was killed and a woman was hospitalized Wednesday when an SUV smashed into a light pole during a chase in West Bloomfield, police said.
Officials said the driver sped away from a Farmington Hills police officer who was trying to perform a traffic stop early Wednesday morning.
Farmington Hills police called off the chase because it was too dangerous. When the SUV sped up Northwestern Highway, the driver lost control in a roundabout and slammed into a pole at full speed, according to authorities.
A male passenger was killed and a woman inside the SUV was badly injured, police said.
The SUV hit the pole so hard the engine flew into the street, officials said. The crash left a debris field as long as a football field, according to police.
The intersection of 14 Mile and Orchard Lake roads was closed for hours during the morning rush, authorities said. It reopened around 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.