Driver accused of injuring Warren police officer during wild chase faces judge

WARREN, Mich (WXYZ) - Twenty-five year old Michael Che Mott-Naylor from New Haven looked uncomfortable as he listened to his arraignment at Warren District Court from jail. 

His attorney says he is recovering after being shot twice by police - but when she talked to him, his own physical well-being wasn’t the focus.

“He is asking questions. 'How is that officer?  What has happened?' He is remorseful for all that happened and wants to  move forward,” said Tatanisha Reed, his defense attorney.

Mott-Naylor  got into this mess after an officer tried to stop him for running a stop sign, realized he had a suspended license, and moved to arrest him.

Police say dash cam video shows Mott-Naylor fight back, then drag the officer with his vehicle. He then led them on a chase down busy roads causing crashes. 

Police say they shot at him as he sped towards a police car.

His attorney says she hopes he isn’t judged entirely on those actions.
 
“He is a college graduate, graduated from the University of Florida, graduated from New Haven with a 3.4 GPA. He is 25-years-old, a working young man,” said Reed.

Police say he also had a felony drug warrant out of Florida, drugs in the car, and a suspended license.

The prosecutor asked the judge to give him a high bond, and the judge did so. His bond was set at $500,000 cash surety.

His charges include assault with a dangerous weapon, fleeing police, assaulting and resisting police, possession of drugs, and driving with a suspended license. He is scheduled to next appear in court on Thursday, July 31 at 8:45 a.m. 

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