Stolen patrol car stopped by police on I-94 near Belleville
A police dispatcher used technology to track a patrol car after a 26-year-old man drove off in the vehicle Saturday morning in PIttsfield Township.
The incident started at about 6:30 a.m. when Pittsfield Township police were investigating suspicious activity near a gas station in the 4900 block of Washtenaw.
The 26-year-old man, whom police described as homeless and known to them, had been "acting erratically," said Deputy Chief Gordy Schick.
The officer talked to the man, then went inside the gas station to make sure the clerk was OK.
At that point, the suspect jumped into the patrol car and drove off toward Hewitt Road in Ypsilanti Township.
He drove the patrol car south to the I-94 entrance ramp, then entered the highway and headed east toward Belleville at speeds up to 80 mph.
"He made it as far as Haggerty and I-94," Schick said.
But dispatchers were using "Automated Vehicle Technology" to track the patrol car's location, and officers from the township, Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office and Michigan State Police were following it.
"We were tracking his whereabouts," Schick said.
The driver pulled onto the shoulder of the road, Schick said, and he complied with officers' orders to get out of the vehicle.
There was no damage to the patrol car, Schick added.
The man was taken to the Washtenaw County Jail, and charges are pending.