For Immediate Release
August 28, 2019
PROSECUTOR CHARGES WANTED MAN WITH FELONY ASSAULT
MOUNT CLEMENS, MI — A 33-year old male from Harrison Township stands accused of driving his vehicle at two officers at an attempt to flee.
Macomb County Prosecuting Attorney Eric Smith charged Clint Washington with two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon, 4-year felonies; Fleeing and Eluding Police, a five-year felony; Malicious Destruction of Police Property, a 4-year felony; and Operating a Motor Vehicle with a Suspended License-Second Office, a 1-year misdemeanor.
Police and prosecutors allege that on the evening of Monday, August 26th, Detroit Police were conducting surveillance near 16 Mile and Jefferson in Harrison Township. The Defendant, wanted on a material witness warrant, was observed entering a silver Toyota Camry with an Alabama license plate. A police officer pulled his car next to the defendant, announced “Police,” and attempted to open the passenger side door of the Camry. The defendant locked the car doors, ignored verbal commands and shifted the car into reverse, striking an undercover Detroit Police Department vehicle.
The defendant proceeded to ignore officer commands, driving his vehicle toward two identifiable police officers standing in the street. Fearing for the lives of their fellow officers, police opened fire, attempting to stop the vehicle. Defendant was able to maneuver the Camry through the grass between houses and enter the roadway. Police gave chase as the defendant drove down Metro Parkway and onto I-94. Due to the heavy flow of traffic on the freeway, the officers terminated pursuit.
“We are happy that this situation did not end in a tragedy, with an officer or innocent bystander seriously injured or killed. The successful apprehension of this suspect, without further incident, is a testament to the remarkable work of the law enforcement officers involved,” said Prosecutor Smith.
The suspect was arraigned today, in 41-B District Court, by Magistrate Zemke. Bond was set at $100,000 cash surety, no 10%. The next court hearing is scheduled for September 11, at 8:30 A.M. before Judge Femminineo.