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Published on April 12, 2024
Dearborn Motorcyclist Accused of High-Speed Chase Faces Multiple Charges in Farmington HillsSource: Google Street View

A high-speed chase led by a motorcyclist ended when the suspect ran out of fuel and surrendered to Farmington Hills police, resulting in a slew of charges. Abdel Rahman Tarabah, 26, of Dearborn is now facing charges of third-degree fleeing and eluding police, as well as possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, according to The Detroit News.

The series of events began last Tuesday before midnight, with Dearborn police attempting to pull Tarabah over for reckless driving. The man allegedly taunted police officers and performed dangerous stunts like "popping wheelies", and reached speeds of more than 140 mph. As reported by FOX 2 Detroit, the motorcycle had no visible license plate, an issue compounded by the driver's erratic maneuvers across multiple jurisdictions. It's been stated by authorities, that misdemeanors such as these aren't just acts of defiance—they're threats to the safety of all.

The cross-city pursuit involved several police departments and even utilized a Michigan State Police helicopter, Trooper 3, to track Tarabah. This aerial assistance allowed on-ground units to terminate their dangerous pursuits, as per WWJ Newsradio. Despite the absence of direct pursuit, Tarabah continued at breakneck speeds, at one point fleeing another attempted traffic stop by the Redford Township Police Department and doubling back on his route.

Ultimately, it was a lack of fuel that brought the chase to an end, as Tarabah pulled over and surrendered in a Farmington Hills parking lot. When approached by officers, he admitted to carrying a loaded, 9mm handgun in his waistband. Farmington Hills Police Chief Jeff King was quoted in The Detroit News, "When an individual flees from police, they endanger the public at-large, the officers in pursuit, and themselves". Citing an alarming increase in the number of such incidents, King emphasized the risk to the community posed by such reckless actions.

Currently held at Oakland County Jail, Tarabah was arraigned with a $10,000 bond and awaits his next court appearance scheduled for April 19. Aside from the charges in Farmington Hills, additional charges are being sought against Tarabah in Dearborn and Redford, connected to his high-speed escapade.