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Teen Reaches for Gun During Police Chase in Ferndale

Two teens were arrested around 10 a.m. Feb. 12.

Ferndale Police arrested two 18-year-olds on Tuesday after police said they resisted arrest and one of them reached for a gun from his backpack as he ran from an officer.

Around 10 a.m. Feb. 12, a Ferndale officer was flagged down by a woman who pointed out two people who she said were smoking marijuana in the bus stop at Eight Mile and Livernois, according to a news release from Ferndale Police.

The officer approached the two individuals, who the officer knew by name as Bria Nicole White, 18, of Detroit; and Rondale Tyric Byrd, 18, of Detroit. The officer had previously identified both as members of a gang.

According to a story in the Daily Tribune, both are students at the Digital Learning Center in Ferndale.

The officer called for White to stop but she refused and walked away, police said.

The officer then spoke with Byrd and determined that the two had been smoking marijuana. The officer recovered a small amount of marijuana from Byrd and in the process of arresting him, tried to check in the man’s backpack.

Police said Byrd then turned and ran and the officer chased him. While running, Byrd took off his backpack, unzipped it and reached inside. He then tripped and fell and dropped a handgun - a Colt, .38 cal. Revolver - that came out of the backpack. The officer, along with a back-up officer, took Byrd into custody.

Officers later tracked down White nearby and arrested her; police said she struggled and resisted arrest.

Byrd faces charges of carrying a concealed weapon, a five-year felony; resisting a police officer, a two-year felony; and possession of a controlled substance, a one-year misdemeanor.

White faces a charge of resisting a police officer; and use of marijuana, a 90-day misdemeanor.

They were both arraigned on Tuesday. Bond was set for Byrd at $25,000 cash/surety. Bond for White was set at $5,000 cash/surety.

Presley Obannon February 17, 2013 at 11:00 PM
Ferndale 1986.....I like what you're saying. Make Roosevelt School the new Digital Correctional Center and watch what happens. It's a feel good story "down there" near 8 Mile. Put it in the northwest and it becomes as popular as leprosy........
Ferndale_1986 February 17, 2013 at 11:36 PM
The true test of a liberal is if they want social engineering in their own backyard.
Presley Obannon February 18, 2013 at 01:36 AM
How true Ferndale 1986. Walk up and down W. Oakridge, W. Drayton, and the surrounding streets and ask each resident if they would like a "Taft Digital Correctional Facility" in their neighborhood.
Frustrated Old Man February 18, 2013 at 04:00 PM
"one of them reached for a gun" So why is this POS still breathing?
G-Money February 20, 2013 at 02:54 PM
I don't get why "students" go there if they don't want to learn. Was smoking a joint their version of a "breakfast of champions" before they start their day. One reason I can think of would be that in a hearing or plea deal, a judge gave them a choice of either go to school or go to jail. And maybe that is why there is a criminal element at this school.

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