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Birmingham, Troy Police Use Leaking Fluid to Track Drunk Driver

Police tracked a car seen hitting a parked car on Derby to Square Lake and Rochester using leaking fluid.

A trail of leaking fluid led Birmingham and Troy police officers straight to a man being charged with drunk driving and hitting a parked car.

The incident began after a car parked on the 2300 block of Derby was hit around 12:35 a.m. last Saturday, police say. The owner of the parked car later told police they saw the car that hit their's flee the scene.

When Birmingham Police arrived on the scene, they followed a trail of leaking fluid until they discovered the suspect vehicle traveling northbound on Coolidge in the southbound lane.

Troy Police was advised of the situation, and officers from that city later tracked down the car, stopping them at Square Lake and Rochester Road. The driver, a 42-year-old man from Livonia, was taken into Troy custody on drunk driving charges. The man also faces charges in Birmingham of leaving the scene of an accident.

This isn't the first time Birmingham police have used leaking fluid to find hit-and-run culprits. In early August, police tracked a car seen hitting a parked car from Wimbleton to the corner of North Eton and Derby using leaking fluid.

Alan Stamm September 20, 2012 at 07:55 PM
Yikes: Twice within five weeks, just over a mile apart and both in the wee hours of a Saturday (after midnight Friday). Memo to northeast siders: Careful where you park after dark on Fridays.

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