On Valentine’s Day, a Pittsfield Township police officer was struck by a suspected drunk driver in the drive-thru of a Burger King restaurant located almost directly across the street from the police station. The suspect fled the scene, leading police on a short chase. The incident occurred at approximately 1:40 p.m. at the Burger King restaurant located at 6190 W. Michigan Avenue. The officer who was struck sustained minor injuries, according to news reports at AnnArbor.com.
Gordy Schick, Pittsfield Township Deputy Police Chief, reported in a statement that there were two men who were going through the drive-thru window in a 2003 Ford Taurus, and that the men were “causing a disturbance with employees.” The man who was driving was not identified in news reports, but was said to be a 40-year-old Ypsilanti man. He was told by police to park the car, but did not obey orders, according to Schick. The driver of the Taurus then raced through the parking lot at a high rate of speed, striking an officer and knocking him to the ground before leaving the restaurant.
A brief chase ensued which ended shortly thereafter at Michigan Avenue and Saulk Trail Drive. The driver was taken into custody after initially resisting arrest; Schick said that the passenger in the vehicle likely would not be charged in the incident. Police suspect that the driver of the Taurus was intoxicated; charges are pending as the investigation into the incident continues.
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