WEST BLOOMFIELD, Mich. – A man and woman are dead Wednesday after 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, police said. When the SUV sped up Northwestern Highway, the driver lost control in an intersection and slammed into a pole at full speed, according to authorities.
Mathew Lee Mercado, 36, of Waterford Township, and Jazmene Glynn, 24, was killed in the crash.
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.