Trenton Police Officers Hospitalized After Traffic Stop Turns Violent

The following information was supplied by the Trenton Police Department. Where arrests or charges are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.

Two Trenton police officers were hospitalized Wednesday night after police said a man assaulted several officers as they attempted to arrest him following a traffic stop.

The officers were injured while taking 31-year-old Derek Warren Woodward, of Trenton, into custody.

Police attempted to make a traffic stop after Woodward was allegedly driving 87 mph in a 35-mph zone on Fort Street just south of Sibley Road.

After a low-speed chase, Woodward exited a silver Pontiac Grand Am in the 400 block of Buffalo Street, according to a Trenton police report.

An officer tackled Woodward, who then began kicking the officer in the torso and ran onto the porch of a nearby residence, according to the same report.

Police said Woodward continued to resist arrest which resulted in the injuries to the officers.

Officers used pepper spray on Woodward and, after additional struggles, were able to place handcuffs on him, put him in a patrol car and transport him to the Trenton Police Department.

The two injured officers were transported to Oakwood Southshore Medical Center, where they were treated and released.

Trenton Police Chief Jim Nardone said the officers might not be able to return to work for several months as a result of their injuries.

"As a result of this incident both officers are recovering at home and we're thankful for that," Nardone said. "I think sometimes the public that we serve underestimates the dangers that our officers face on a daily basis."

Woodward was arraigned on five felony charges at about 3:30 p.m. Friday before Judge Jennifer Coleman-Hesson at the 33rd District Court in Woodhaven.

Woodward is charged with one count of fleeing in the third degree, one count of operating while intoxicated in the third degree, two counts of assaulting a police officer resulting in an injury to the officer, one count of assaulting a police officer, one count of operating while license is suspended and one count of open container of alcohol in a vehicle.

If convicted on all charges, Woodward could face up to 18 years in prison.

A preliminary examination of the evidence against Woodward is scheduled for 9 a.m. Feb. 26 at 33rd District Court.

Coleman-Hesson set Woodward's bond at $75,000.

Officers from the Riverview Police Department assisted in the arrest.

*A previous version of the article stated six felonies.

Contact editor Nate Stemen natestemen@patch.com for questions on police reports.

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Rick February 16, 2013 at 03:19 PM
This guy has always been bad news
LABLED CITIZEN February 16, 2013 at 08:59 PM
Labling is what Trenton does the best ! Him and i were not the best of friends growing up and really never talked all that much. Just a day before this took place he had gotten my number and called me, didnt sound like the Derek i remembered but he sounded like he was reaching out for a friend, not really sure but thats the way it seemed, he told me he was proud of me for being who i had become and that he always knew i would be or do something good. He said i was living the American Dream!
Big J February 16, 2013 at 11:00 PM
Why don't you council him? No help for the lost. Quit blaming everyone else for his problems. The man is 31 years old. He should know right from wrong by now.
LABLED CITIZEN February 16, 2013 at 11:36 PM
When your unstable, you dont always know right from wrong ! People that have more than a two year degree or basic commen sense understand this. Obama is how old and he doesn't know right from wrong and he runs the country.
NoHelpForTheLost February 17, 2013 at 01:01 AM
How I am blaming everyone for his problems?? He knows what he did is wrong, and I am not making excuses for him. My point was that, unfortunately, he has been in trouble before and instead of trying to help him, and many other people for that matter, the legal system wants to throw these people in jail, not help them become better citizens. They make them feel as though this is the life they are destined to live. I know him better than anyone, and I can tell you he is very remorseful for what he did and this has been a life changing event for him. He is a very intelligent individual, and it's small minded people like you that frustrate him and make him hate the world around him. You can judge him all you want for what he did, but you know nothing about his character and the life he has lived. Are you perfect? I'm willing to bet everything I have that you are not, which is why you are behind a computer screen making negative comments about someone you don't even know. In no way is this story a biography of his life, its just most likely the event that will change him into the person I know he wants to be.
quilted northern February 17, 2013 at 01:31 AM
also I read your previous post where you said that Rick failed him. really!? this is in no way shape or form Ricks fault. Where were his parents when he was growing up?
NoHelpForTheLost February 17, 2013 at 01:34 AM
I have to disagree with you on that one. Some people are not remorseful for the horrible things they have done. I have seen many a trial where someone has killed a person and had absolutely no regrets about doing it, even though they are facing life in prison. What am I selling again?
quilted northern February 17, 2013 at 01:48 AM
You are trying sell the idea that this is someone else's fault, like Rick who probably spent a couple hours at the high school with a couple hundred other kids at the same time. if going to blame someone other than the 31yr old man who you say is intelligent but thanks it's smart to drive 87mph down a 35mph street, blame the parents. they either weren't around or they were around and either contributed to the way this man is or didn't care enough to help him.
quilted northern February 17, 2013 at 01:53 AM
It's a open forum anyone can comment. look I get it, your probably a family member or wife/girlfriend and you want to defend him just like most people would do for a loved one but blaming others is not the answer. it sounds like you knew that he has needed help for awhile so maybe your the one who failed him
NoHelpForTheLost February 17, 2013 at 02:01 AM
So are you saying intelligent people don't make mistakes or bad decisions? Because that's a long debate that I really don't want to get into. I don't think I was trying to blame anyone, but you are entitled to your opinion. I'm not the one being defensive, even though I am someone that this directly impacts, which is the only reason I posted anything. You, on the other hand, are not being affected by any of this at all, yet you feel as though your opinion is pretty important and that I, in some way, am wrong for stating how I feel. But it really doesn't matter to me what you think.
NoHelpForTheLost February 17, 2013 at 02:05 AM
Sometimes, unfortunately, it takes something like this to make a person want to change and get the help they need. Again, I wasn't blaming anyone, and I certainly don't blame myself. I was just trying to give a little insight into why it happened. People can interpret that any way they choose. I know where I stand.
c-ya@theballgame February 17, 2013 at 02:53 AM
Well, "after a low speed chase" is a lie. The Trenton Police had 5 cars flying down Detroit Street . I know, I live in the area. This neighborhood has gone to the dogs and the ones who let them crap in my yard. Do your dirty deeds where YOU live. We have enough trash living in our neighborhood like the witch that likes to taunt a dieing child and slum lords who rent to anyone who has a deposit. He probably forgot the railroad tracks were closed..........that's where they caught him. Sad that anyone would blame anyone else for his poor decisions. I hope that was his 'wake up' call.
Nate Stemen (Editor) February 18, 2013 at 03:37 AM
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michelle February 18, 2013 at 03:06 PM
First, he looks pretty rough for being 31. I know a few people who had "bad beginnings". Some can overcome and make something of themselves. It is possible. Unless, you are mentally impared, as an adult you should be held accountable for your actions and know right from wrong. I know plenty of people who have done wrong and know very well it is wrong. Most of it was as kids/young adults and thank goodness many were able to grow up and overcome this. People need to stop making excuses for this guy. He can say how remorseful he is. That is for a judge to decide. I bet he is really remorseful after putting multiple police officers in the hospital and out of work for months. Is he going to pay for that? No, the tax payers will. He needs help but he also needs to see there are consquences for those actions. What did he expect to happen when he fled and then attacked the police officers? Obviously he was trying to get away but the more you resist the worse it is. That doesn't take common sense. I truly hope he LEARNS something from this and gets HELP. There are no excuses for this kind of behavior. If he was reaching out for help and you let him down then shame on you. If he really was such a great guy then where were you? I've helped those around me who have needed it. I have helped this disadvantaged. I don't look down on those less fortunate than myself. However, I do not have much sympathy for those who are deliberately in trouble.
Concerned February 19, 2013 at 07:31 PM
No one can be helped until they truly want to be helped. It starts with a person admitting they have a problem and deciding they want to be helped. Then, they have to start making the life changes that demonstrate their commitment to living a better life. When someone continually makes bad decisions this late in their life, they actually are demonstrating they are not ready to be helped.
Concerned Trenton Resident February 19, 2013 at 09:20 PM
So you have 2 officers injured during the course of employment, that will be out of work for months. The City will probably have to pay overtime to existing officers to cover the shifts of the injured one's, when they come back they be on restricted duty (more overtime for others), the long-term cost that will affect the work comp (Medical and wages) and the city will pay more, the injured officers won't be able to collect their full wages, not to mention the long term effects from an injury all because some individual didn't take his "meds" or those around him didn't take control and get him help to get on the proper "meds". How can you make derogatory remarks towards the Police for doing their job? Put the blame where it belongs and stop the cop bashing!
Anonymous February 20, 2013 at 08:17 PM
I hope he gets what he deserves, one way or another he will!! I'll feel safer after he's locked up for good!!!
Taz February 21, 2013 at 02:33 AM
May the police officers have a speedy recovery and God bless you.
Richard Bradd Jr February 22, 2013 at 07:08 PM
I think you should definately post more names of people that get arrested on this site they post all arrest records and names in the Monroe Evening news it makes for interesting reading, and I believe most arrest records are public information and must be able to be published or else the Monroe paper wouldnt be doing it.
hana March 15, 2013 at 12:12 AM
So he is now home again....really! I am NOT judging because I am a victim of domestic violence and really feel sorry for him because he just doesn't get it. What runs through his mind when his daughter goes to sleep at night to see her Dad get peppered sparyed and see her Mom held hostage by the man she thinks she loves. I my opinion he may NEVER get it because he is so self absorbed by his own anger. Locked up not today he isn't and for some reason he will fall through the cracks and not get the help he really needs. Pray for his daughter that she will not inherit his anger and live a happy life and forget what she saw that night. I will pray for you Derek and your family that somehow you realize how lucky your are to have at least on person that looks past your faults....your daughter.
hana March 15, 2013 at 12:32 AM
I wonder if you are directly impacted by this situation I hope that some how this does not ruin the life that you deserve. What could possilbe have happened to him that day to in danger his family...Moon shine...raspberry vodka....resisting arrest....injuring two police offices...by his actions we are all in danger...including you...domestic violence stops with him.....he is a repeat offender and hopefully this time its the end. Being afaid is not how we want to live...Praying for him is all we can do.


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