Deputies nab man wanted on federal warrant after high-speed chase
A man wanted on federal gun and drug charges stemming from an investigation in Ypsilanti Township's West Willow neighborhood was arrested Wednesday by Washtenaw County sheriff's deputies after a high-speed chase.
Roman Whitfield, 34, of Superior Township, was charged last month in a federal criminal complaint with being a felon in possession of a firearm and distributing a controlled substance.
He was arrested Wednesday afternoon following a pursuit that began in Washtenaw County and ended in Wayne County, sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Tom Pennington said.
Pennington said Wednesday night that he did not have further details.
Reports indicate that the chase at about 12:15 p.m. moved from the area of Willow Run High School to eastbound I-94 and at one point reached speeds of up to 95 miles per hour.
ATF agents had been seeking Whitfield since Nov. 4 after conducting a joint investigation with sheriff's deputies. It's unclear when Whitfield will make an initial appearance in federal court in Detroit.
Agents and deputies built a case against Whitfield by using two confidential informants equipped with audio/video recording devices, court records show. Records say the informants bought a gun, crack and marijuana from Whitfield during the investigation that started as early as May.
Whitfield is prohibited from having a gun because he has felony convictions for delivering a controlled substance, malicious destruction of fire/police property, assault with a dangerous weapon, third-degree fleeing and eluding and domestic violence third-offense.
Lee Higgins covers crime and courts for AnnArbor.com. He can be reached by phone at (734) 623-2527 and email at firstname.lastname@example.org.