Man accused of driving drunk, brandishing gun

Candice Williams
The Detroit News

A 30-year-old Detroit man was arrested for suspected drunken driving after he allegedly brandished a gun at a school bus driver, according to the Michigan State Police.

The incident happened Thursday, just outside of the Detroit Detachment at Milwaukee and Second Street, police said. Troopers assigned to the Metro South post were flagged down by a school bus driver and its occupants who said that the driver of an SUV brandished a gun at them.

According to police, troopers turned on lights and sirens to initiate a traffic stop. The suspect pulled to the stop sign, however, and continued right onto Second.

After a couple more turns, troopers unsuccessfully tried to stop the driver’s vehicle with a precision immobilization technique.

The suspect’s vehicle turned and the driver put the vehicle into reverse and struck the patrol car and continued on.

The driver then allegedly led troopers on a chase onto the northbound Interstate 75 service drive. The chase continued from the Caniff entrance ramp to the Rochester exit ramp.

At the bottom of the exit ramp, the driver turned back onto the northbound ramp and troopers used another PIT maneuver to stop him, police said.

“All of the occupants were ordered out of the vehicle and nobody complied,” police said in a statement Monday. “The driver remained inside the car. Several verbal commands to exit the car were given but the driver stayed in the vehicle.”

Troopers used a spray on the driver and he was placed on the ground and handcuffed, officials said. The vehicle’s passengers were handcuffed without incident.

Troopers allegedly found an open Pabst Blue Ribbon bottle in the center cup holder and an open pint bottle of VSOP brandy behind the driver’s seat.

The driver was also allegedly carrying a large bag or smaller individually packaged bags of marijuana and three ecstasy pills. A blood draw was done after the driver refused a breath test, police said.

Police continue to investigate.

cwilliams@detroitnews.com

(313) 222-2311