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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.

Easydude February 14, 2013 at 11:58 PM
Is this a problem? Digital Learning Center in Ferndale.
Easydude February 14, 2013 at 11:58 PM
Is this a problem? Digital Learning Center in Ferndale.
Presley Obannon February 15, 2013 at 12:10 PM
I'm sure that all of the people who argued with me before regarding what a joke the Taft Digital Learning Center is.........will be very happy to know that students walking their streets to school each day are well armed. So again.....please tell me why you are in support of this school????
Steven Kuzmanovich February 15, 2013 at 12:58 PM
More vermin
Steven Kuzmanovich February 15, 2013 at 01:05 PM
The Taft correctional center is long overdue to be shut down. Citizens of Ferndale need to put the heat on the school board and demand it.
Guy Fawkes February 15, 2013 at 01:10 PM
The "digital learning center" was Ferndale Public School's compromise in attempting to deal with non residents taking classes at Ferndale High School using a fraudulent address. Since the problem was one primarily of Detroit kids there was no getting around the racial implications of rounding up black youth and, for lack of an accurate term, "deporting them" back to Detroit. I suspect Ferndale Board of Education didn't have the stomach to deal with it in a more permanent way. So instead we're spending 10s of thousands of dollars humoring Detroit parents with this solution.
Marquita Moore February 16, 2013 at 02:02 AM
Well, I see the Digital Learning Center as an opportunity for students who are trying to get their lives back on the right path. I know a few students who attend and they aren't into these types of shenanigans. I feel that a few bad apples will spoil it for the rest of the bunch. school type of behavior exhibited, gives a stereotype and stigma to the school.
Steven Kuzmanovich February 17, 2013 at 04:24 PM
Couldnt agree more, this has been an issue for years and the school board hasnt and wont deal with it out of fear of political incorrectness.
Presley Obannon February 17, 2013 at 05:28 PM
Marquita.....it isn't like one bad apple is spoiling the whole bunch. More or less, it's like trying to dig through a bushel of spoiled apples desperately hoping to find one good apple. That school is full of criminals unleashed into the community of Ferndale each day. How bout moving the school to downtown Ferndale & see how long it is in place before all of the "righteous" citizens of Ferndale demand that it be moved to another community.....
Ferndale_1986 February 17, 2013 at 07:31 PM
Move the "Digital Learning Center" into the northwest section of Ferndale and see how long it would be tolerated.
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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