Suspect wouldn't pull over during chase, wanted to finish smoking joint
MACOMB COUNTY, Mich. (WJBK) - A bizarre Macomb County chase as police pulled over a man who said he didn't stop sooner, because he wanted to finish smoking a joint.
Just after 5:30 pm on Sunday, Michigan State Police in a hot pursuit of this motorist, 36-year-old Stravansky Nycassio Hinds
The pursuit starts on M-53 near 30 Mile Road in Washington Township.
"This particular individual had a couple of things," said Lt. Michael Shaw. "He was driving in the left lane of a two lane highway which is illegal - you have to stay to the right, and he had improper plate which got trooper's attention."
Shelby Township Police got wind of the pursuit and joined in.
"We had heard information across the radio that state police was involved in pursuit on M-53 and our officers took a position to assist with it," said Shelby Township Deputy Police Chief Mark Coil.
As law enforcement officials work together, they closed in on the Clinton Township man and tell him to get out of the vehicle.
"This individual decided to tell our troopers that he knew he had an extraditable warrant out of Florida," Shaw said. "He wanted to make phone calls to his family, he wanted to finish his marijuana joint before he went to jail."
Police say they searched the vehicle and based on what they found inside, they believe he was not only a danger to himself, but everyone else on the road.
"We did find marijuana, some liquor and different things," Shaw said. "Part of it is kind of humorous, (but) he was impaired and he was definitely a danger to others."
Police say Hinds was arraigned on Monday on several charges including impaired driving and fleeing police.
He is currently in the Macomb County Jail and is awaiting extradition back to Florida on drug charges.
"He's got about 6 other warrants from other municipalities in Michigan," Shaw said. "We have to take care of ours and then Florida has a hold on him because they want him back."