A suspect live-streamed a police chase he was involved in before eventually colliding with a patrol car on Friday, according to reports.
Detroit police say that the unidentified 23-year-old man started streaming himself on Facebook Live at around 2:27 a.m. on November 8, WXYZ reported.
The man had just filled up his red 2007 Ford F-150 pickup with gas and allegedly said in the clip that he was heading into Detroit to see if he could get involved in a chase with officers.
Shortly after the suspect left the gas station at East Jefferson and Eastlawn, Macomb County and Warren police officers spotted him and a chase ensued. However, officers soon lost him in the area of 7 Mile and Hoover, police said.
Detroit Police Department officers later saw the man driving eastbound on Jefferson Avenue and they pursued him, with the driver streaming events on Facebook.
During this chase, police say that the suspect made a sudden U-turn in the Ford pickup and drove directly toward one of the patrol cars, striking it on the passenger side.
The collision caused the police car’s airbags to deploy and resulted in injuries to the two officers inside. The pair were taken to a nearby hospital where they were treated for knee injuries.
The suspect was arrested and has been charged with reckless driving and felonious assault of a police officer, The Detroit News reported. The man reportedly refused medical treatment following the incident.
This is not the first time in recent months that a suspect has streamed a police chase live on Facebook. In September, a 30-year-old Minnesota man was shot dead by police in the city of Richfield following a car chase which he had streamed live.
Police said that a pursuit began at around 10:22 p.m. in the evening in the city of Edina and lasted for about 10 minutes before the man, Brian Quinones, was killed after being shot multiple times, NBC News reported.
At the beginning of the video, the 23-year-old man, Terrance Matthews, could be heard saying: “I got the f***ing cops on me.”
The chase ended when Matthews crashed into a pole, according to officials. He was subsequently charged with murder, kidnapping and unlawful possession of a weapon.