Allen Park Man Charged in Assault of Police Officer and Other Charges

Prosecutor Kym Worthy has charged Christopher Willoughby, 44 (DOB: 05/27/1974) of Allen Park, in connection with firing a handgun at a police officer and other crimes. On June 11, 2018 at approximately 8: 40 p.m., at Sumpter Road near Willow Road in Belleville, the defendant was observed with a flushed face and bloodshot eyes, driving his car erratically. When a Sumpter Township officer attempted to conduct a traffic stop, the defendant fled in his car as the officer pursued him in a marked police car. A second officer, in another marked police car, also pursued the defendant. It is alleged that the defendant took out a handgun and fired approximately five times at the first officer. The defendant drove away from the scene for approximately three miles, when his car collided with the second police car, ending the pursuit. The officer in the second car was able to place the defendant under arrest. In addition, it is alleged that Willoughby was driving while intoxicated with a loaded firearm in his car.

Willoughby has been charged with: Count One: Assault with Intent to Murder; Count Two: Assault with Intent to Do Great Bodily Harm Less than Murder; Count Three: Flee and Elude 3rd Degree; Count Four: CCW; Count Five: CCW; Count Six: CCW; Count Seven: OWI 3rd; Count Eight: Felonious Assault; Count Nine: Felonious Assault; Count Ten: Felony Firearm; Count Eleven: Possession of Loaded Firearm in Vehicle; Count Twelve: Possession of Loaded Firearm in Vehicle; and Count Thirteen: Possession of Weapon under the Influence.*

Willoughby was arraigned this afternoon in 34th District Court. The probable cause conference is scheduled for June 27, 2018 at 12:30 p.m. before Judge Lisa Martin. The preliminary examination is scheduled for July 5, 2018 at 9:05 a.m. before Judge Brian Oakley. Both hearings are in 34th District Court. The defendant received a $1 million cash/surety bond.

*The charges are allegations and defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.