SHELBY, UTICA, MACOMB: Road Rage Suspect Makes Matters Worse, Harasses Police Dispatch


Shelby, Utica, Macomb

FATAL CRASH. On 1/26/18, at approximately 6:30 a.m., Macomb County Sheriff Deputies were called to a fatal crash on North Ave. just south of 28 Mile Rd. The crash involved a school bus and an older Buick Century. The 37 year old female driver of the Buick was pronounced dead at the scene. The deceased has been identified as Teresa Winquest, 37, out of Ray Township. She was driving a 2002 silver 4 door Buick Century. The school bus was carrying two New Haven Schools students; one in Middle School and one in High School. The Buick was traveling northbound on North Ave and crossed over into the southbound lane in front of the school bus. The school bus struck the Buick. The female was the lone occupant of the Buick and was wearing a seat belt. The three students on the school bus were uninjured and were picked up by their parents. The female bus driver who was also wearing a seat belt was transported to the hospital to be checked out. Deputies are still on scene investigating the cause of this crash. North Ave was closed from 27 Mile Rd. to 29 Mile Rd.

“ROAD RAGE” ASSAULT WITH A DANGEROUS WEAPON. On 1/23/18, at approximately 9 p.m., Macomb County Sheriff Deputies were dispatched to area of Joy Blvd. and Irwin in Harrison Township for a reckless driving complaint commonly referred to as “road rage”. The female victim stated that the other driver, later identified as Joshua Books, 27, out of Harrison Township, was swerving at her and attempting to strike her vehicle. Several deputies responded, however, Books had already fled the scene. Books was driving a 1995 black Chevrolet Tahoe and made repeated attempts to harm the victim and her juvenile daughter who was also in her vehicle. The victim stated that at one point Books put his vehicle in reverse and attempted to back into her at a high rate of speed. She made several attempts to get away from him and he continued to follow. Her daughter called 911 while she focused on staying out of Books path, who eventually turned off just before police arrived on scene. The victim gave deputies a description of the vehicle, which included specific details. A deputy was familiar with the vehicle and Books, who lived nearby where this incident had taken place. The victims identified Book’s vehicle as the vehicle that was used in attempt to harm them. Deputies attempted to make contact with Books, however, he was uncooperative and refused to exit the home. Deputies impounded Book’s vehicle and he began repeatedly calling 911 and the Sheriff’s non-emergency number. Book was harassing dispatchers by refusing to listen and shouting vulgar names at them. On the following day, a report was sent into the Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office and several charges were issued for Books; one count of Assault With A Dangerous Weapon (4 year felony), one count of Driving – Reckless (93 day misdemeanor), and one count of Telecommunications Services – Malicious Use (6 month misdemeanor). Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham urges anyone who feels they are a victim of road rage to not engage with aggressive drivers. Do not make eye contact with an aggressive driver and maintain focus on driving. If you can put distance between yourself and the aggressive driver, do so carefully. If you feel you are in danger, call 911. Do not go home but rather drive to a police station or someplace very public to get further assistance. You never know what another driver has with them or is capable of. Joshua Books was arrested later that day on this warrant and lodged at the Macomb County Jail. He was arraigned in the 41-B Clinton Township District Court and given a $10,000.00 bond. He is scheduled to be back in the 41-B Clinton Township District Court on 2/7/18 at 8:30 a.m. for a probable cause hearing.

SUSPICIOUS SITUATION. On 1/29/18, at approximately 7:50 a.m., Macomb County Sheriff Deputies were called to the San Remo Apartments in Harrison Township for a suspicious person report. The reporting person stated that her 12 year old son had been chased from the school bus stop by a person wearing all black with a ski mask. The 12 year old male was unharmed. Deputies checked the area before responding to the caller’s home and were unable to find anyone in the area matching the description. The 12 year old male stated that he was late for the bus and as he was walking to his bus stop he noticed the suspicious person. The suspicious male was standing at the bus stop. The male became scared and began to run away. The male looked behind him and noticed the suspicious person following him saying “come here”. The male continued to run home. As he arrived home, the suspicious person was gone. The male’s mother contacted police, but also reported that she did not see the suspicious male. There were no witnesses to this incident and the bus had already picked up the other students prior to this incident. It is believed that the suspicious person is a male, unknown race, approximately 6’ tall and average weight, wearing all black with a black ski mask.

Anyone with any information regarding this incident is asked to call the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office Detective Bureau at 586- 307-9358. Note: If you have any information on the aforementioned crimes or any other offenses, please call the Macomb County Sheriff at 586-469-5151.