Search is on for man who hit Madison Heights officer while fleeing from police

Posted at 4:25 PM, Dec 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-22 17:44:04-05

MADISON HEIGHTS, Mich. (WXYZ) — Authorities are on the lookout for a man who allegedly hit a Madison Heights police officer as he was fleeing.

The incident happened Monday in the 300 block of W. 12 Mile Road. Police arrived for a welfare check after learning that a man was slumped over his steering wheel.

When officers arrived to check on the man, who was in a 2013 white Chevy Equinox with Michigan plate #DAT166, the man put the car in gear and started to flee. He struck a Madison Heights police officer with his vehicle before heading toward I-75 southbound.


There was a pursuit. The vehicle was last seen in the area of Seven Mile Road and Conant, where the suspect's vehicle was lost.

The officer, a four-year veteran of the department, suffered minor injuries.

The suspect is identified as 31-year-old Justin Crawford. He's 5 foot 11 inches tall and weighs 170 pounds. He was last seen wearing a dark knit cap and dark jacket with "Lowe's 48" written on it. He also had a cross tattoo on his left cheek.

If you know of his whereabouts, contact the Madison Heights Police Department at 248-585-2100.