DETROIT - A man pleaded guilty Friday to a list of charges in connection with a police chase Friday through Detroit which ended in the middle of I-75.
Derron Deshawn Sherard, 22, pleaded guilty to third-degree fleeing, resisting arrest, and three counts of possession of a controlled substance. He is also suspected to be involved in a deadly shooting in Southwest Detroit but no charges have been announced in that case.
The chase happened Sept. 8. Police said they were chasing Sherard because he shot a woman in the head in Southwest Detroit.
Sherard is expected to be sentenced Nov. 3.
Sky 4 was in the air as Sherard drove the charcoal gray SUV on and off the highway, maneuvering through traffic on I-75, service streets and back roads.
Sherard was on parole for stolen property and fleeing in 2015. He was released in July.
The SUV went over the middle of a boulevard after a U-turn to avoid Detroit police vehicles that were blocking the street. (WDIV)
The man drove up onto the sidewalk and grass to avoid being stopped being traffic at an intersection. (WDIV)
At some point, the SUV's front driver-side tire was flattened, and he started losing speed on I-75. As police vehicles surrounded the slowing SUV, the shooting suspect pulled over on the left shoulder and parked.
He threw open the driver's door, got out and jumped over the center median. As police officers got out of their vehicles, Sherard ran into oncoming traffic on the other side of the freeway. He stopped as a blue minivan approached and tried to hurdle it, instead falling on the hood.
Sherard climbed onto the roof of the minivan and was surrounded by six police officers. One police officer charged up the front of the minivan, grabbed the shooting suspect and tackled him to the ground behind the minivan.
You can see a slow-motion video of the tackle sequence here:
Sherard was wrestled to the ground by a group of police officers and taken into custody.
Minivan driver shaken up
The driver of the minivan was shaken up after Sherard jumped on his vehicle. He works as a technician for a company, and was headed to do a job when the chase suspect jumped on the hood of the minivan and climbed onto the roof.
"I really thought it was going to be a shooting or something," witness Tamara Trotter said.
The driver of the minivan didn't want to be identified, but he described the moment when the shooting suspect came running toward him.
"I saw a guy jump from one side of the road to the other side, and at that point, I didn't know what to do," he said. "I was so scared."
The video shows an officer jumping on top of the van to arrest the suspect.
"At one point, I had a party on top of the roof of my car," the minivan driver said.
He said he's grateful nobody was hurt in the intense police chase.
"It's been like something in the movies or the news, but I'd never really seen something like that," he said.
Man suspected in Southwest Detroit shooting
The chase ended on I-75, but it all started with a shooting in Southwest Detroit a couple of days ago.
"Our homicide detectives were able to identify who the suspect was in the incident," Detroit police Deputy Chief David LeValley said.
Police said he shot a woman in the head, leaving her in "grave and very critical condition." The woman died Sept. 9.
Officers first tried to arrest the man Friday morning, but he got away, and officers caught up with him again for the 45-minute chase.
"(The chase went) through most of the west side and Downtown, and ultimately, ended with him being taken into custody," LeValley said.
"It just turns nuts because you have no idea what to do in those situations," Trotter said.
You can watch the entire video of the chase from Sky 4 below:
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