Police Blotter: Car Stolen, Tools Taken, Driver Flees Accident Scene

The following information was supplied by the Berkley Public Safety Department. Where arrests or charges are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.

The following are highlights from reports from the Berkley Public Safety Department between Sept. 6 and Sept. 13:

Car stolen from driveway

A resident in the 2880 block of Griffith reported that his Honda Civic was stolen Sept. 10.

The man said he parked the vehicle in his driveway, which exits onto Wiltshire, at approximately midnight and when he awoke at approximately 7:30 a.m., it was gone. The man said the vehicle was locked and that he had the keys, according to the report. The responding officer said there were no signs of forced entry at the scene.

There are no suspects in the case, which remains under investigation.

Tools taken from home, utility trailer

A homeowner reported that between 2 p.m. Sept. 8 and 7:30 a.m. Sept. 10, tools were taken from inside a house under renovation in the 2680 block of Wakefield, as well as from a utility trailer parked in the driveway.

The responding officer noted that a basement window with no glass in it was open; the homeowner said the window had been in that condition for some time, according to the report. The homeowner also said a padlock that had been on the utility trailer was missing, the report said.

There are no suspects in the case, which remains under investigation.

Driver flees three-car, injury accident

Berkley Public Safety units responded to a three-vehicle accident at 11 p.m. Sept. 6 at the intersection of Woodward Avenue and 12 Mile Road, according to a report.

The reporting officer observed heavy damage to all three vehicles and debris strewn across the intersection. Witnesses said a green Ford Taurus was speeding before it hit a black Subaru that, in turn, crashed into a white Ford Focus on southbound Woodward at 12 Mile. The driver of the Focus sustained an abrasion to her lower lip and a bloody nose and complained of a headache, but declined to be transported to the hospital, the report said.

The driver of the Taurus fled the scene on foot and was found a short time later next to National Shrine of the Little Flower Catholic Church in Royal Oak, where he was defecating in the bushes, according to the report. The man was arrested and his car impounded, the report said. Two open, partially empty bottles of liquor were confiscated from the car, according to the officer.

The man was profane and belligerent during booking and appeared to be highly intoxicated, with red, watery eyes, according to the report. He refused to let Alliance Mobile Health paramedics get near him, so the driver was transported to Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak for a blood draw, the officer noted.

Hospital staff said the man would need to stay at Beaumont for a while due to his level intoxication and inability to communicate about possible injuries; they also suspected he may have a broken clavicle, according to the report.

The Public Safety Department is awaiting the man's blood test results from the Michigan State Police, BPS Sgt. Mike Crum said Monday.

Residents or business owners who have information to report or who notice something unusual in their neighborhood can call the Berkley Public Safety Department, route: {:controller=>"listings", :action=>"show", :id=>"berkley-public-safety-department"} --> at 248-658-3380 or the


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