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Police: Home Invasion Leads to High Speed Pursuit

The following information was provided by the West Bloomfield Township Police Department.

Home invasion turns into a pursuit of vehicle

West Bloomfield Police chased a white Dodge minivan through intersections against red lights at high speeds June 16 after a home invasion was interrupted.

Lt. Tim Diamond said that around 9 p.m., police signaled for a minivan  containing  five men to stop at Orchard Lake Road and Green Road after learning of a home invasion in Orchard Lake that night.

After police activated sirens and flashing lights, the suspects drove south on Orchard Lake at speed, Diamond said. No accidents were reported as the suspects continued south to I-696 and entered the eastbound lanes.

Diamond added that the supervisor then called off the pursuit and the suspects were not apprehended.

A home owner on the 3900 block of Commerce in Orchard Lake called police after arriving home to find three men carrying items out of his house. After the men dropped the items and left, the home owner called police.

The minivan, registered to a Southfield resident, has license plate CGB 2234.

Two people taken to hospitals in three-car accident

Two persons, including one with serious injuries, were taken to hospitals and traffic was closed for an hour Monday when a truck hauling a trailer caused a three-vehicle accident at Middlebelt Road, north of Pineview Road.

Diamond said that about 4 p.m. a Ford Focus heading north braked and the driver of  the truck behind the Focus did not stop at a safe distance, lost control and slid into oncoming traffic.

A driver of an industrial van heading southbound was seriously injured when the van collided with the truck and trailer as it skidded at an almost 180-degree angle to traffic, Diamond said. A passenger was unhurt.

The driver of the Focus was rear-ended and slid off the road into a nearby pole. Diamond added that the driver of the Focus suffered minor injuries and the driver of the truck was unhurt.

After cutting the van open to free a 39-year-old Southfield resident,  the injured driver was taken to Pontiac Osteopathic Hospital.

If you have any information on these incidents, call the at 248-975-9200. For questions about this blotter, email Tim.Rath@Patch.com.

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