Watch dramatic takedown of Detroit chase suspect on top of car on I-75

Posted at 12:59 PM, Sep 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-09 16:08:48-04

Detroit police chased a suspect through the city on Friday afternoon and it ended when the 36-year-old man jumped on top of a minivan on I-75, frightening the motorist behind the wheel.

"In my mind, I thought he was going to get inside the car and do something to me. That's what I was scared of," said the driver who wanted to remain anonymous.

When the suspect stood up on top of the minivan, a police officer jumped up too and rushed him, knocking the suspect to the ground where other officers then tackled him.

All the driver of the minivan remembers was being scared and fearing the suspect might try to carjack him.

"I could hear just noise and my heart pounding so much," he said.

Related: Live blog of chase coverage, including full video of the winding turns from Chopper 7

The chase went through the city of Detroit, down multiple highways and even into portions of downtown.

Police say the man was suspected in the shooting of a 33-year-old woman early Thursday morning in southwest Detroit.

When the 36-year-old suspect drove onto southbound I-75, one of the tires on his vehicle blew. He then stopped the vehicle and bolted from it, jumped over the concrete median and then ran into oncoming traffic. 

And it was on the northbound lanes where the suspect apparently thought he'd stand a chance against all of the officers now chasing him on foot if he jumped onto the minivan.

What he may not have expected was one of the officers to jump up there, too. The officer threw the suspect off the van and onto the ground where officers were able to take him into custody.

At last check late Friday afternoon, the shooting victim's condition was grave. Detroit homicide investigators are handling the case.