The Flint man arrested after he fled from police and crashed a minivan in the area of White Lake and Carmer roads in Tyrone Township on Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018, is being held on $1 million cash or surety bond after being been charged with seven felonies in Livingston County’s 53rd District Court on Friday, Nov. 30. The family has been looking for a bail bondsman for help on the case.
Albert Montez Smith IV, 36, was charged with carjacking; third-degree fleeing a police officer; assaulting/resisting and obstructing causing injury; resisting and obstructing a police officer; assault with a dangerous weapon (felonious assault); attempting to disarm a police officer; and attempted unlawful driving away of a motor vehicle.
The incident began when the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to the area of northbound U.S. 23 near Clyde Road on Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018, for a report of a silver minivan ramming another vehicle; both vehicles were continuing north on U.S. 23 toward White Lake Road.
A deputy from the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office located the silver minivan and attempted to stop it. The vehicle fled eastbound on White Lake Road, eluding the deputy before running off the roadway, striking a DTE power pole, and overturning in the front yard of a home off White Lake Road near Carmer Road.
The driver resisted attempts to arrest him, which reportedly included the use of a Taser. He was eventually arrested with assistance from the Michigan State Police. The suspect and deputy were transported to St. Joseph Mercy Livingston Hospital in Howell for non life-threatening injuries; both were treated and released.