FERNDALE, Mich. (WXYZ) - A mother and son are both locked up following a wild chase through Ferndale that began with what police are calling a case of road rage.
It happened about 10:45 am on Friday, October 4. Police say a patrol officer was flagged down on 9 Mile near Hilton by the drivers of the two vehicles. The drivers and the officer then pulled into a parking lot.
While in the lot, the driver of one of the vehicles told the officer that the other driver had thrown a cup of hot coffee. The second driver has been identified as 50-year-old Latanya Tippet-Rhodes of Plymouth.
Police say that while the first driver and the officer were talking, Tippet-Rhodes drove off in her Chevy Cruze with her son in the front passenger seat.
Officers say this kicked off a chase that ran along 9 Mile, Hilton and then 8 Mile at speeds of up to 80 miles-an-hour. Police say that when Tippet-Rhodes got to 8 Mile and Hilton she slowed to let her son, who was dressed as a woman, get out of the rolling car.
Officers chased after 23-year-old Drake Rhodes as he ran across traffic on 8 Mile. He almost made it across the busy street, but was hit by a car in the eighth lane.
Police say he tried to get up and keep running, but was captured by officers. He suffered minor injuries and was treated at a local hospital.
Tippet-Rhodes was also arrested. Officers say that while she was being taken into custody she claimed to be having medical problems. Police say that while she was being checked out be medics, Tippet-Rhodes spit on one of the officers. She was also taken to the hospital and then cleared for incarceration.
Tippet-Rhodes was arraigned on charges of Fleeing and Eluding, Resisting Police and Driving While License Suspended. Her bond was set at $75,000. It was also determined that she was wanted on several warrants in Washtenaw County, including two for assault.
Drake Rhodes also had several warrants out for his arrest in Washtenaw County, including one for Resisting and Obstruction.
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