Richmond PD: Fleeing Driver Gets Out of Vehicle, Lets it Roll into Occupied Apartment

Contributor: Lance Vaught
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Updated: 5/13 6:46 pm
An attempted traffic stop for a driver disregarding a stop sign turned into a vehicle crashing into an apartment building with the driver on the run, according to Richmond police.

Shortly after 7:30 Thursday evening, an officer reportedly tried to pull over 36-year-old Dejuan Westberry, of Detroit, for allegedly driving through a stop sign at the Ballard Drive and Bellevue Drive intersection.

Police said when the officer put on his lights, Westberry sped up and made a quick turn onto Ballard, taking him into the back of an apartment complex.

By the time the officer got there, officials said he noticed the vehicle no longer had a driver, but was still rolling toward one of the buildings.

The vehicle crashed and caused a heavy amount of damage to the building, which was occupied, according to investigators.

Officers said Westberry dropped around half an ounce of marijuana before they found him hiding in a ditch in Robinson Terrace

Westberry was arrested and charged with fleeing or evading police first and second-degree, first and third-degree criminal mischief, leaving the scene of an accident, no operator's license, trafficking marijuana, and tampering with physical evidence.

He was booked in the Madison County Detention Center.
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