Suspected shoplifting, overdose leads to wild police chase

Suspected shoplifting, overdose leads to wild police chase

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WOODHAVEN, Mich. (WJBK) - Woodhaven police were called to a Meijer parking lot after a shopper observed a woman slumped over in the driver's seat of a parked vehicle, appearing to have overdosed as she had a needle in her arm.

While police were driving to the scene, they received a call about a theft taking place at the same Meijer location.

Police then learned from dispatch the shoplifting suspect jumped into the same vehicle as the woman believed to have overdosed, pushed her out of the driver's seat and drove off.

The driver would not pull over for police and led them on a chase. The chase eventually ended on West Road near I-75 when the suspect vehicle rammed a patrol car and lost control. The suspect vehicle went off the road and flipped onto its roof, narrowly missing a plunge into a nearby river.

Three adults were found in the vehicle. The woman who was initially unconscious became alert. All three were treated for minor injuries on scene.

No officers were injured in the accident.

Police are investigating where the third person in the vehicle came from. They are unsure at this time if the person was in the vehicle from the beginning or if the person got into the car with the other suspected shoplifter.

Charges are pending.
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