A 29-year-old Milford man will face charges after crashing his 2003 GMC Envoy into a tree Tuesday night, at Farmington Road and Merrilynn Court in Farmington.
Deputy Public Safety Director Ted Warthman said multiple calls came into the department at around 8:15 p.m. on August 6, not only about the crash but also a man running through private properties. The driver ran from the scene; officers caught him in Shiawassee Park.
Because of the severity of the crash, Warthman said, the driver was taken to Beaumont-Farmington Hills Hospital for observation. Charges will presented to the Oakland County Prosecutors Office, he added.
Police suspect alcohol was a factor in the crash. At least one eyewitness seems certain it was.
Susan Kramer, who lives in on a nearby street, was driving south on Farmington Road, going downhill below 10 Mile. She heard the noise of a speeding car and turned west onto her street just as the driver blew past her headed south.
“It’s amazing no one is dead,” she wrote in an emailed account of the accident. “This is a 25 (mile-per-hour) zone where people walk all the time. The car was going 65-plus.”
Kramer said another motorist headed north on Farmington drove up over a curb and into a yard to avoid the Envoy. She is amazed the driver was not only able to climb out of his vehicle, but to run from the scene.
He ran between houses to a branch of the Rouge River that runs into Shiawassee Park, tried to swim and then “threw himself to the river bank,” Kramer said. The driver was eventually stopped by a number of officers while running up the steps from Shiawassee Park to the Maxfield Training Center.