SOUTHFIELD (WWJ) – A trio of suspects who police have been trying to catch for years have finally been taken into custody following a chase and crash in Southfield overnight.
The incident unfolded around 9 p.m. Monday when Michigan State Police were contacted to assist with the arrest of suspects involved in theft ring that had been operating for roughly two years targeting tires and rims.
Police say undercover units followed the suspects in two vehicles to the area of Lincoln and Campbell roads in the city of Royal Oak, where they were observed attempting to break into cars. One suspect vehicle stopped at the scene but the second vehicle struck a cruiser when troopers attempted to make a stop.
The second vehicle then fled the scene, leading police on a chase that lasted about five miles and ended in a crash on southbound Greenfield Road just south of 9 Mile Road. Police say the driver lost control of the vehicle, which overturned, struck a cement barrier and smashed through two wrought iron fences.
One suspect was ejected from the vehicle and a second was temporary trapped under the vehicle. Both suspects were taken to a local hospital and are listed in temporary serious condition.
Police say both vehicles involved in the incident were reported stolen.
A total of three suspects, described as males in their 30s, were arrested during the incident.
No police were injured.
Police say the suspects were wanted by several police agencies for their involvement in numerous thefts throughout the metro area as well as assaulting police officers in Canton Township.
The investigation is ongoing.
Greenfield Road was closed for several as police worked the scene, but has since reopened to traffic.