WYANDOTTE (WWJ/AP) – A Detroit man has been charged in connection with a police chase that left one person dead.
The Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office says 33-year-old Eric Turnipseed was charged with second-degree murder, fleeing and eluding, reckless driving causing death and driving on a suspended license. He was arraigned Thursday in a Wyandotte court and ordered held without bond.
Investigators say Turnipseed fled Wyandotte officers on Monday night after running a red light at Fort Street and Ford Avenue. Officers followed the vehicle and observed Turnipseed drive through another red light, according to police. Turnipseed stopped his vehicle again and as officers approached the vehicle, he allegedly sped off at a high rate of speed.
The chase continued until Turnipseed lost control of his vehicle at Fort Street and Capitol Avenue in Lincoln Park, ran off the road and struck a large sign. His vehicle then overturned, came to a stop and caught on fire.
Passenger Joshua Nance was partially ejected from the vehicle and sustained fatal head injuries.
Turnipseed is due back in court for a probable cause conference on September 29, with a preliminary exam set for October 6.
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