Davison man allegedly leads police on 18-mile chase

CHESTERFIELD TWP. — A 31-year-old Davison man was arrested Aug. 11 after he allegedly fled during a police stop for a traffic violation and led officers on a pursuit which lasted 13 minutes and covered almost 18 miles.

Michael Wilson of Davison has been charged with felony fleeing and eluding, open intoxicants, resisting arrest and obstructing an officer following his arrest in the early morning hours of Aug. 11, said Sgt. Ken Anderson of the Chesterfield Township Police Department.

The pursuit began after a Chesterfield Township police officer discovered a vehicle traveling on Gratiot Avenue near 21 Mile Road without a license plate at 2:28 a.m.

The alleged driver of the 2003 Chevy Impala, Wilson, ignored the emergency lights of the fully marked patrol car after an attempted traffic stop, said police. The driver then allegedly fled at excessive speeds southbound on Gratiot Avenue.

The officer pursued Wilson into Clinton Township, as he ignored red traffic lights and continued to flee at high speeds. A cement curb was struck by the fleeing driver which blew out a front tire and caused car parts to fall from the Chevy.

Police said the pursuit lead to westbound Wendell Street in Clinton Township, to northbound Groesbeck Highway with sparks flying from the car. Wilson allegedly continued fleeing at excessive speeds and ignoring traffic lights up North Avenue, then turning eastbound on 23 Mile Road heading back into Chesterfield Township.

The pursuit continued into the Meijer parking lot at 23 Mile Rd. and Gratiot Avenue with Wilson attempting to avoid officers, recklessly driving through the Meijer lot and across Gratiot into the Little Caesar’s pizza parking lot – jumping a curbed and landscaped island with the Chevy.

The pursuit came to an end and Wilson allegedly jumped from the Chevy and fled from officers on foot, according to a press release from the Chesterfield Township police.

The male continued to flee and was soon captured in a grassy area near the Burger King on 23 Mile Road without incident.

Anderson said a 21-year-old Lapeer woman was also taken into custody as she stepped out of the car. It was later discovered she had misdemeanor warrants out of Lapeer County. She was later released from the Chesterfield Police Department without new criminal charges.

Wilson is being held on a $5,000 bond.