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MSP traffic stop leads to man with 20 arrest warrants

Mark Hicks
The Detroit News

A traffic stop in Detroit this week led Michigan State Police troopers on a chase, search and to the arrest of a man with 20 warrants.

Metro South Post, Secure Cities Partnership troopers tried to pull over a Mercury Milan for careless driving near Morang and Beaconsfield at about 7:25 p.m. Thursday but the driver refused, officials said in a statement.

Troopers pursued the car for a few minutes, but the driver pulled into a driveway in the 15800 block of Fordham — about a mile away — and ran off, according to the release.

When troopers couldn’t find him, they set up a perimeter and brought in a K9 officer. The dog followed his scent to a home on the same street “where the registered owner of the fleeing vehicle lived,” authorities reported Friday.

The people inside “were uncooperative in identifying the suspect,” so a search warrant was obtained, investigators said. But as troopers approached the house again, they found the driver leaving.

He was arrested there without incident, along with two women at the residence who were “an accessory after the fact,” state police said.

Troopers also learned the driver had 20 warrants for misdemeanor offenses and a suspended driver’s license.

The suspect, who has not been named, was lodged at the Detroit Detention Center for felony fleeing and eluding. The two women also were lodged at the facility pending charges.

“Once again we see another person risking the lives of the public and police by failing to stop for a cop” First Lt. Mike Shaw, a spokesman for MSP, said Friday. “Simple traffic violations and warrants were made far worse by these individuals failing to obey the directions of police. We also see two other community members that are now facing charges just to hide someone that had fled the police.”