ATV drivers sought after high-speed chase from Saline to Milan
Authorities in Saline are trying to locate two men who led police on a high-speed chase through the city and into Milan while riding ATVs.
Officers were on patrol downtown shortly after 1 a.m. on July 6 when they heard the loud throttle of ATV engines heading south toward Saline Township on Ann Arbor Street. They saw the ATVs cresting a hill ahead, traveling at roughly 50 mph and pursued the ATVs on Saline-Milan Road.
Officers activated their sirens but the ATV drivers, now riding side-by-side in both lanes of the two-lane road, didn’t stop. The drivers barely slowed down for stop signs and ran at least two, according to police.
The ATV operators continued southbound at speeds ranging between 75 mph and 100 mph until one of the ATVs made a quick turn at the Stony Creek Road intersection, and headed west, reports said. The rear wheels of both ATVs touched momentarily during the turn, nearly causing a crash, officers said.
Police pursued the other ATV into Milan at speeds of about 80 mph. Two Milan police vehicles were stopped in the roadway with their sirens activated, but the driver sped past them through downtown. The drive braked hard near a residential side street and turned into the darkened neighborhood. Officers said they couldn’t slow down in time for the turn and lost sight of the ATV when it continued into the neighborhood. They terminated the pursuit.
Saline Detective Don Lupi said the upon viewing the patrol-car video of chase, the ATVs appeared to have racing-style tires that enabled them to make quick turns and accelerate. Authorities would not release the recordings at this stage of the investigation.
The drivers are only described as white. They wore helmets and drove ATVs that were black and blue in color.
Lupi said the chase lasted seven minutes. The motorists could face felony counts for fleeing and eluding police, as well as multiple driving violations.
Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Don Lupi at 734-429-7911 or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.