FERNDALE, Mich. (WXYZ) - A Detroit man is accused of running from police officers who stopped him after he allegedly tried to run out on a $16 restaurant bill.
Marlon Cortez Stanfield has been charged with Fleeing and Eluding and Failure to pay his restaurant bill.
The situation began Tuesday when the Ferndale Buffalo Wild Wings called police to report a customer who had failed to pay his bill. The caller described the customer and the vehicle that he left in.
Shortly after that call, a Ferndale officer spotted the car at 8 Mile and Livernois. That officer and a patrol sergeant stopped the suspect at Livernois and Pembroke. Stanfield was behind the wheel at the time of the stop.
Officers say they discussed the matter with Stanfield and gave him the opportunity to return to the restaurant and pay his bill. However, the officers say as they spoke to Stanfield, he put the car into gear, drove towards them, yelled an obscenity and took off.
"They were right next to his driver's side door he cut the wheel to the left and he began to take off so they had to jump out of the way to make sure they didn't get their feet run over," says Lt. William Wilson of the Ferndale Police Department.
The officers began pursuing the car at a high rate of speed along Livernois and 7 Mile. However, because of the nature of the crime and because they knew the identity of the suspect, the officers broke off the chase and went to Stanfield's house.
About 20 minutes after officers arrived at the house, they saw Stanfield pull up, get out of his car and walk towards his house. They stopped him and arrested him.
"A $16 tab. It's a foolish thing to endanger life over and now face prison time," says Lt. Wilson.
Stanfield is expected to be arraigned sometime today.
Police say he has a criminal history that includes theft and criminal sexual conduct.