#DEARBORN (Sue Suchyta//MediaNews Group)
A Southfield man fell short of his self-professed goal of impressing his girlfriend the evening of Aug. 2 when the burnouts he was doing in her 2019 Dodge Challenger in the parking lot near Dollar Tree, 16201 Ford Road, Dearborn, east of Mercury Drive, got him arrested and her car impounded and towed.
Burnouts refer to the smoke created on a car’s tires from friction, when the wheels are forced to spin while a car is stationary. With a manual transmission, this occurs when a car is put in first gear, the handbrake is locked and then the clutch is released. With an automatic transmission, burnout is achieved by putting a car in drive, while depressing the footbrake and revving the throttle.
Police officers, who were parked nearby, heard the tires squealing and saw a cloud of smoke. As the vehicle came into sight, witnesses pointed at the driver in confirmation. During the driver’s reckless maneuvers, the lot was crowded with pedestrians and vehicles.
The police officers then activated the patrol vehicle’s overhead emergency lights and conducted a traffic stop at the nearby Five Below chain store, 16001 Ford Road, Dearborn.
The driver admitted to the reckless driving, and said he was “just trying to show his girlfriend a good time.” The man was handcuffed, searched, and placed in the rear of the patrol car. His girlfriend’s Dodge Challenger was impounded and towed. The driver was taken to the police station for booking, where he was charged with reckless driving, and held in a jail cell until he posted the $500 bond two-and-a-half hours later.