Man faces 10 charges after crashing into Wyandotte home, dragging officer, leading police chase

Dartagnan Stackhouse charged with 8 felonies, 2 misdemeanors

Images from a Wyandotte police chase on June 9, 2021.
Images from a Wyandotte police chase on June 9, 2021. (WDIV)

WYANDOTTE, Mich. – A man is facing 10 charges after he sold drugs to an undercover officer, crashed into a Wyandotte home, dragged an officer with his car and led police on a chase, officials said.

Dartagnan Stackhouse, 34, is accused of selling crack cocaine to an undercover police officer, according to Wyandotte Police Department Deputy Chief Archie Hamilton.

Dartagnan Darnell Stackhouse (WDIV)

Officials said they surrounded Stackhouse’s black Dodge Charger, and he tried to flee. An officer opened the door of the Charger to get inside and stop him.

“He came dangerously close to crushing the officer,” Hamilton said. “At some point, the officer was launched out the vehicle. The officer was thrown more than 20 feet on the pavement. He suffered extensive injuries.”

Body camera footage of a Wyandotte officer approaching a suspect on June 9, 2021. (WDIV)

Police said Stackhouse took off with officers close behind. He struck another vehicle and crashed into the home of Jim Garwolinski, a 71-year-old retiree, according to authorities.

“I went in the house, went to the icebox and sat down,” Garwolinski said. “It went, ‘Bam.’ I open up the door and see the car flipped over. I see all these police here.”

A car that crashed while fleeing Wyandotte police on June 9, 2021. (WDIV)
The aftermath of a crash scene involving a car that crashed while fleeing Wyandotte police on June 9, 2021. (WDIV)

The Charger was flipped over in Garwolinski’s front yard, so Stackhouse got out and fled on foot, police said. An officer used a Taser on Stackhouse to end the chase, according to officials.

Authorities said Stackhouse had a GPS tether on throughout the chase.

“He already had three prior convictions from fleeing from the police,” Hamilton said. “Yet he’s not in prison. He’s on a roll and he’s fleeing again for the fourth time.”

Here’s the full list of charges against Stackhouse:

  • Assault with the intent to murder -- a felony with a maximum penalty of life in prison.
  • Delivering a controlled substance -- a felony with a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison.
  • Assault with the intent to do great bodily harm less than murder -- a felony with a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.
  • Second-degree fleeing a police officer -- a felony with a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.
  • Two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon -- both are felonies with a maximum penalty of four years in prison.
  • Assaulting/resisting/obstructing a police officer causing injury -- a felony with a maximum penalty of four years in prison.
  • Assaulting/resisting/obstructing a police officer -- a felony with a maximum penalty of two years in prison.
  • Failure to stop at the scene of a person injury accident -- a one-year misdemeanor.
  • Operating with a suspended license -- a 93-day misdemeanor.

Stackhouse was arraigned Friday on these charges and is being held without bond, officials said.

He is scheduled to return to 27th District Court at 10:45 a.m. Thursday (June 17).


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