A 32-year-old Troy man trying to evade police was critically injured when the vehicle he was driving struck a home off of Southfield Road early this morning, Birmingham police said.
The chase started at about 3 a.m. when officers with the Beverly Hills Department of Public Safety tried to stop the 2013 Cadillac ATS after it nearly struck their squad car at 13 Mile and Southfield roads. The vehicle would not stop officers chased it on several residential streets before crossing into Birmingham.
Police said the Cadillac nearly struck a Birmingham police vehicle responding to the situation at 14 Mile and Pierce, and then turned westbound onto Brown Street. Officers said they then saw a woman waving her arms outside of the passenger window in what was determined to be a plea for help, reports stated.
The vehicle sped on Brown Street to Southfield Road where it dead ends, and continued through the intersection before it left the roadway and struck the home at 510 Southfield. The driver, 32, was not wearing a seatbelt and suffered critical injuries, reports said. He and a 23-year-old female passenger from Williamsburg were taken to Royal Oak Beaumont Hospital for treatment. The woman, who was wearing a seatbelt, was released later Saturday morning, police said.
Residents of the house were asleep in another area at the time of the crash and not injured. The damage to the home was described as extensive.
The female passenger told officers she just met the driver at a party and accepted his offer for a ride to her friend's house, reports said. Police said they also found a loaded handgun next to the driver's seat, and that alcohol and narcotics are believed to be factors in the incident.