Stolen car ends up crashed

Shelby Tankersley, Campus Editor

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An accident involving four cars happened around 6 p.m. on the corner of Squirrel Road and Walton Blvd. on Tuesday, Sept. 27, just outside the Human Health Building.

The crash tied up traffic in and around campus, but police were on the scene to help direct traffic.

A stolen black 1997 Nissan Maxima and another car were towed because of serious damage, but it appeared that no one was severely injured.

The Auburn Hills Police Department did not return numerous phone calls made by The Post.

However, according to articles written by The Oakland Press and MLive, a 28-year-old man from Pontiac stole the black Nissan from outside of an Auto Zone after it was left running outside the store. Before driving off, he forced a female out of the passenger seat of the car.

In a statement released by the sheriff’s office reported by The Oakland Press, witnesses reported that the man claimed he was “running from Oakland County deputies who were attempting to kill him and that he was being shot at.”

However, he provided no reason as to why the police department would be after him.

While an Auto Zone employee called the authorities, the man grabbed two trailer hitches and swung them at some of the customers before stealing the car. Officers arrived at the scene around 5:45 p.m., after the man had left.

As officers were talking to the man who owned the stolen Nissan, they got a call informing them that a black Nissan had just been crashed at Squirrel and Walton. They assumed that it was the same car, and they were right.

Upon arriving at the scene, officers took the man into custody, moving him from an Auburn Hills squad car to a sherriff’s car, before taking him to a nearby hospital for minor injuries received in the crash.

According to The Oakland Press, the Sheriff’s Office Auto Theft Unit is continuing to investigate the incident. No further information has been released as of this publication.