A Detroit man has been charged with felony murder after he allegedly held a woman at gunpoint, causing her to wreck the car they were in, killing her.

It was on Sept. 8 when Sweetwater Police Officer Justin White said he was sent to a possible domestic assault in the Walmart parking lot on Highway 11.

When he arrived at the store, White said he was met by two witnesses who said the man and woman involved were leaving the parking lot on the south side of the building in a gray Honda Odyssey van.

White said he saw the van turning right onto Highway 11 and going toward Highway 68. White said he turned on his lights and siren and went after the van, but the driver didn’t stop.

At that time, White said he was informed by Det. Marty Kyle that a man, later identified as Steven Drayton, was in the passenger seat holding a gun on the female driver.

White said he chased the van to the Madisonville city limits where he terminated the chase and let Madisonville City Police take over.

Madisonville Police were unable to stop the van, but shortly thereafter it wrecked, crashing into another car at the intersection of Isbill Road and New Highway 68, just up from the Chota Health Center.

White said Madisonville Officer Chris Wilburn also noted he’d seen Dayton holding a gun on the driver while he was trying to deploy stop sticks.

White said the woman was ejected from the vehicle and later pronounced dead from her injuries. White described Drayton as being seriously injured.

White said two guns, a .22 caliber revolver and a Kel-Tec .380, were found at the scene of the wreck.

Drayton, 33, who has warrants for his arrest out of Michigan, is charged with first degree felony murder, especially aggravated kidnapping, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, evading arrest, assault and being a fugitive from justice.

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