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Cops: Man who stole van had stolen gun in possession

James David Dickson
The Detroit News

A Michigan State Police traffic stop for speeding on Detroit’s west side early Thursday morning required a trooper to deploy a Taser and yielded an allegedly stolen vehicle and a stolen gun, state police said in a statement.

It all started with what should have been a routine traffic stop for speeding at about 2:10 a.m. in the area of Meyers and Lyndon in Detroit. But the driver of the 1997 Dodge Caravan failed to stop.

A police chase ensued.

By the time the Caravan got to Lyndon and Cloverdale, the driver crashed the car, and its three occupants, all men, fled on foot, police said.

The driver was shot with a Taser for resisting arrest, and all three individuals were taken into custody, where it was soon learned that the driver had a loaded .25 auto pistol in his pocket, according to police. The gun in the possession of the driver, who is a convicted felon and as such is barred from possessing a gun, was allegedly stolen out of Chicago, police say.

During an interview with the suspects, police say they admitted to stealing the van just minutes before troopers tried to stop them — and even showed police the home from which the van was allegedly stolen, a theft that hadn’t yet been reported.

Troopers made contact with the owner of the vehicle and confirmed that story, they said.

The incident is pending prosecutor’s review.

jdickson@detroitnews.com