MSP make arrests in Metro Detroit traffic stops, chases

Mark Hicks
The Detroit News

Michigan State Police had a busy week chasing a pair of drivers who fled traffic stops as well as finding drugs on another motorist in Wayne County.

Troopers assigned to the Metro South post were patrolling on Joy Road near Southfield Freeway in Detroit at about noon Tuesday when they spotted a Honda Accord moving past all other traffic in the right lane at nearly 30 miles above the speed limit, state police said in a statement.

They tried to stop the driver, but he fled, then crashed into another motorist near Joy and Hubbell, according to the release.

The driver, a 27-year-old Dearborn resident, was taken into custody without incident. He was held at the Detroit Detention Center pending a prosecutor’s review.

Another chase started at about 8:15 p.m. Wednesday, when troopers assigned to the Metro South Post, Secure Cities Partnership tried to pull over a Ford Taurus for traffic violations. The driver refused and took off near Third and Manchester in Highland Park, state police said.

Once troopers used a maneuver to stop the car, and “the vehicle came to a stop at a Hamilton and Collingwood,” the release stated.

The driver, a 62-year-old Detroit man, was arrested and held on multiple felony charges.

Another traffic stop Wednesday also led to a surprising development.

Troopers with the Special Enforcement Section, Hometown Security Team stopped a Toyota on southbound Interstate 75 in southern Wayne County “for following too closely,” investigators said.

The occupants, who had been headed to Houston, consented to a search. “While searching the passenger compartment, troopers found a clear plastic baggie containing a small amount of marijuana,” state police said Thursday. “In the trunk, troopers found a half-kilo of cocaine.”

The suspects were arrested and held pending a prosecutor’s review. Other details were not released Thursday.