Fleeing couple with stolen merchandise, drugs in vehicle ram Shelby Twp. police car – The Macomb Daily

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An Oakland County couple was arrested on several felony criminal charges last week after they rammed a Shelby Township police car with thousands of dollars worth of stolen merchandise and drugs in their vehicle, police and prosecutors said.
Driver Wellington Inoa, from Pontiac, was arraigned Sunday before Magistrate Ryan Zemke, who set a $50,000 cash/surety only, no 10% bond.
Authorities said Inoa led police on a high-speed chase on Hall Road where a police car and several civilian vehicles were struck.
Macomb County Prosecutor Peter Lucido said Monday the situation could have been much worse.
“This was a very dangerous situation for our police officers and our community. This blatant disregard for the law has to stop, or innocent lives will be lost,” he said in a statement.
The incident happened about 9:45 p.m. Friday when officers were dispatched to the Marshalls & Home Goods store on Hall and Schoenherr roads for a retail fraud complaint in progress.
According to police, Inoa pushed a shopping cart full of merchandise out of the Marshalls / Home Goods store without paying.
As officers arrived at the scene, they spotted his pickup truck in the nearby Chick-Fil-A drive thru.  Officers pulled in front of the vehicle, and Inoa allegedly backed up over the curb to flee.  He began to drive forward when he intentionally rammed into another officer’s vehicle and fled on to westbound Hall Road.
Sgt. Mark Benedettini said Inoa continued speeding and running red lights until he hit a vehicle going northbound on Van Dyke Avenue. After the crash, Wellington exited his vehicle and fled, but officers pursed and arrested him.
Investigators said they found a machete in the vehicle, and merchandise strewn over the road.  No injuries were reported, but many vehicles were damaged in the incident.
“Several thousand dollars of stolen merchandise from various stores was recovered in the vehicle, as well as methamphetamine,” Bennedettini said in a statement.
The suspect’s girlfriend, a 38-year-old woman from Oxford, faces illegal drug charges after she was determined to have possession of several methamphetamine pills.
Inoa is charged with assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder, a 10-year felony; possession of methamphetamine, a 10-year felony; third-degree fleeing police, a five-year felony; carrying a concealed weapon, a five-year felony; first-degree retail fraud, a five year felony, and assaulting/resisting/obstructing a police officer, a two-year felony
Inoa is set to undergo a probable cause conference on Dec. 12 and a preliminary examination on Dec. 19, both in 41A District Court in Shelby Township.
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