Motorcyclist killed in crash after fleeing Warren police at high speed, officials say

31-year-old Detroit resident killed

A motorcycle.

WARREN, Mich. – A motorcyclist was killed in a crash after fleeing Warren police officers who were trying to pull the 31-year-old over for speeding, authorities said.

Officers were on patrol at 2:12 p.m. Thursday (May 19) when they noticed a motorcycle speeding in the area of 8 Mile and MacArthur roads in Warren, according to police.

The motorcycle was going “well in excess” of the posted 40 mph speed limit on 8 Mile Road, officials said. They said it also didn’t have a license plate.

When police tried to stop the motorcycle by activating their overhead emergency lights and siren, the driver fled west on 8 Mile Road, according to authorities.

Officials said the motorcycle sped through a red light at 8 Mile Road and Sherwood Avenue, so they ended the pursuit. The motorcycle continued to travel at high speeds as police turned off their emergency lights and siren, authorities said.

The officers continued heading west on 8 Mile Road and saw that the motorcycle had crashed into another vehicle at Mound Road, they said.

Police requested medical attention at the scene, but the motorcyclist, a 31-year-old Detroit resident, was pronounced dead.

The occupants of the other vehicle involved in the crash sustained non-life-threatening injuries, according to authorities.

“The officers’ actions complied with all departmental policies and procedures,” Warren police Commissioner Bill Dwyer said. “The officers chose to discontinue the pursuit due to the reckless actions of the motorcyclist. It is unfortunate that this incident resulted in a fatality, however the officers took appropriate actions during all phases of this incident.”

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