4 officers, innocent driver injured during chase in Detroit - Dallas News | myFOXdfw.com

4 officers, innocent driver injured during chase in Detroit

Posted: Updated:
DETROIT (WJBK) -

Several officers were injured along with an innocent driver during a police chase and crash in Detroit.  Thankfully, everyone is expected to recover.

Severe police cars were rammed by a suspect running from police.

At Chalmers and East Outer Drive, the suspect in a silver blue car crashed into an innocent driver.  She is in temporary serious condition, and four officers -- two from Detroit, one from Harper Woods and one from a U.S. Marshall's task force -- also suffered minor injuries.

"They [were] coming from everywhere, just coming down the street, just flying everywhere, just popping and jumping and going on," said witness Arvin Heath.  "I saw them when they were chasing the cars right down the street, and then all of a sudden a big boom."

That is how one witness described the demolition derby, which also involved a church van.

Sources told Fox 2 the suspect being chased was Willis Barkley, who is wanted in connection with a recent rape in Harper Woods.  He took off when he realized officers were following him on I-94.

Sources also said Barkley is a fugitive out of Washtenaw County wanted for cutting his tether.  The U.S. Marshall's task force was asked to assist Harper Woods police in trying to catch him.

"There was a physical altercation once the officers took the suspect into custody," said witness Kenneth Thomas.

Barkley was quickly arrested and is back behind bars.  He could be arraigned this weekend.  He is expected to face multiple felony charges.

Michigan State Police are tallying up the damage and handling the investigation.

  • Robin SchwartzRobin SchwartzMore>>

  • Vandals damage historic Detroit cemetery

    Vandals damage historic Detroit cemetery

    Friday, July 25 2014 10:38 PM EDT2014-07-26 02:38:55 GMT
    Police are looking for suspects after vandals disturb the peace at a historic Detroit cemetery. Someone broke into a mausoleum and made a mess with spray paint and ashes.
    Police are looking for suspects after vandals disturb the peace at a historic Detroit cemetery. Someone broke into a mausoleum and made a mess with spray paint and ashes.
  • 33 suspects arrested with ties to Latin Counts street gang

    33 suspects arrested with ties to Latin Counts street gang

    Friday, July 25 2014 8:10 PM EDT2014-07-26 00:10:22 GMT
    Right now, nearly three dozen violent criminals are off the streets. The U.S. Attorney says they have ties to the Latin Counts gang in southwest Detroit. Their arrests are part of a joint effort called Detroit One.
    Right now, nearly three dozen violent criminals are off the streets. The U.S. Attorney says they have ties to the Latin Counts gang in southwest Detroit. Their arrests are part of a joint effort called Detroit One.
  • Handmade furniture from Detroit reclaimed lumber

    Handmade furniture from Detroit reclaimed lumber

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 4:18 PM EDT2014-07-23 20:18:32 GMT
    A new brand of furniture is made with wood from deconstructed Detroit homes. The tables are now being sold at Gardner White Furniture stores.
    A new brand of furniture is made with wood from deconstructed Detroit homes. The tables are now being sold at Gardner White Furniture stores.
Powered by WorldNow

KDFW FOX 4
400 N. Griffin Street
Dallas, Texas 75202

Main Station Directory:
(214) 720-4444
News Fax:
(214) 720-3263 or (214) 720-3333

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices