Bystander shoots at passing police chase in Ypsilanti, authorities say
A police chase through Ypsilanti Sunday night took a bizarre turn when a drunken bystander fired at the fleeing car, Ypsilanti police said.
The man later told officers he heard the pursuit coming and wanted to help, so he tried to shoot out the vehicle's tires as it went by, a police incident log said.
The chase started in Van Buren Township when officers attempted to stop a 42-year-old man driving a 1994 Oldsmobile. He was wanted for retail fraud, the log said.
Washtenaw County Sheriff's deputies took over the chase when the Oldsmobile came into the county. The driver led deputies throughout the city of Ypsilanti in the areas of North Prospect, Forest, and Cross streets for about 20-30 minutes, police said.
As the pursuit traveled through Martin Place, a man shot a handgun at the vehicles, the log said. Police arrested a 52-year-old man who lives in the 600 block of Martin Place.
Officers located a loaded .357-Ruger on the porch. the log said. The man - who said he was only trying to help - had a blood alcohol level of 0.19, the log said.
Officers also arrested the man driving the Oldsmobile in the area of Forest and Oak, a sheriff's log said.
No further details were available this morning.