DETROIT (WWJ) – A young Detroit man caught on video in a dramatic I-75 chase has been charged with multiple felony counts.
According to Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy, 22-year-old Derronn Deshawn Sherard refused to stop when officers in a marked patrol car tried to pull him over in Detroit at noon on Friday.
Police said officers pursued the man for miles until a tire on his car went flat. That’s when he abandoned the vehicle, fleeing on foot into oncoming traffic and across several lanes of I-75, eventually running up the front end and onto the top of a minivan. Trapped on the hood and surrounded, Sherard was then tackled by several officers, cuffed and arrested.
No injuries were reported.
Aerial video of the incident went viral on social media over the weekend.
On Monday Sherard was charged with fleeing and eluding police – third degree, resisting and obstructing police, possession of heroin, possession of cocaine and possession of marijuana.
It’s unclear at this time why police were pursuing Sherard. Initial reports stated that he may have been a suspect in a shooting.
Michigan Department of Corrections records show Sherard was on parole at the time of the incident. His criminal record includes a previous conviction for fleeing and eluding police – third degree, as well as receiving and concealing stolen property – $20,000 or more in 2015.
At an arraignment in 36th District Court Monday Sherard was given a habitual third offense notice. He remains held on a $75,000 cash or surety bond.
**Editor’s Note: WWJ initially reported Sherard’s age as 24 as a result of incorrect information received from the Prosecutor’s Office. He is 22.