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Livingston County Sheriff’s Deputy spins out suspect vehicle as it flees the wrong way on I-96

A Detroit man was arrested after a Livingston County Sheriff’s Deputy purposely maneuvered to spin out the suspect vehicle traveling the wrong way on I-96.

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The Livingston County Sheriff’s Office reports that at approximately 8:20 Sunday morning, deputies attempted to stop a vehicle displaying a stolen registration plate while traveling westbound on I-96 near M-59 in Howell Township.

According to a press release, when the deputy activated the emergency lights, the 2021 Toyota Rav4 accelerated in an attempt to flee reaching speeds over 100 mph.

Authorities say a Fowlerville Police Department officer was in position on westbound I-96 about a mile west of Fowlerville Road to deploy stop sticks. When the suspect observed the Fowlerville patrol car, they say the Toyota cut across the median to avoid the stop sticks.

The Toyota began to travel westbound in the eastbound lanes of I-96. Deputies followed the Toyota through the median and immediately performed what the press release called “a textbook PIT (precision immobilization technique) maneuver” to stop the vehicle from traveling in the wrong direction on I-96.

The vehicle went into the median, coming to a stop and the 34-year-old male driver from Detroit was taken into custody without further incident.

There were no injuries sustained in the maneuver and the vehicles sustained minor damage.

The registration plate, reported stolen out of Detroit Police Department, belonged on a 2012 Ford Taurus. The 2021 Toyota Rav4 was also reported stolen out of Southfield Police Department.

This incident remains under investigation.

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