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Detroit Man Charged In Wild High-Speed Chase

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Erik Anton Tyus (credit: Michigan Department of Corrections)

Erik Anton Tyus (credit: Michigan Department of Corrections)

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SOUTHFIELD (WWJ/AP) - Authorities say an auto break-in suspect who led them on a high-speed chase through the streets of Detroit and Southfield has been charged.

Southfield police said 39-year-old Erik Anton Tyus of Detroit was arraigned Saturday on charges including fleeing a police officer and assault. His bond was set at $150,000 and he’s due back in 46th District Court in Southfield on March 21 for a hearing.

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The chase during the Friday morning rush hour period was broadcast live on WJBK-TV, which aired footage taken from a helicopter.

It started around 7:20 a.m. Friday, after the suspect assaulted a police officer on foot. Southfield police say the officer was trying to question the driver about stealing items from cars when he was assaulted. Investigators say the driver, a suspect in over a dozen break-ins of automobiles in several cities, then rammed a police cruiser before speeding away.

He sped down the Southfield Freeway and down neighborhood streets.

Police were eventually able to slow the suspect down near Livernois Ave. and Norfolk, near 8 Mile Road. Several police cruisers rammed into the suspect’s vehicle, trapping the him, as other officers surrounded the vehicle with weapons drawn.

At that time, the suspect was ambushed by a mob of officers, who pulled the suspect from the car, knocked him to the ground and cuffed him.

No injuries were reported.

The court said Monday morning that Tyus didn’t have a lawyer on record.

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