DELTA TOWNSHIP, MI – In the early morning hours (approximately 2 a.m.) of Thursday July 16th, 2015 Deputies from the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office Delta Patrol stopped a vehicle on Creyts Rd near Michigan Ave. in Delta Township. They stopped the vehicle due to signs of the driver possibly Operating While Intoxicated.
As deputies were making the original contact with the two male occupants, and after attempts were made to obtain identification from the driver, the vehicle subsequently took off. A short vehicle pursuit ensued for approximately 2 miles and ended when the suspect vehicle struck a mailbox and the 2 occupants fled on foot. Deputies were able to apprehend the driver but not the passenger.
Deputies discovered inside the vehicle some suspected marijuana and a loaded .40 caliber semi-automatic pistol with an attached laser sight. The serial numbers on the weapon had been scratched off.
The driver, a 21 year old Lansing resident was driving while his license was suspended, and was wanted on outstanding arrest warrants. He was also arrested for the numerous offenses resulting from this incident and is currently being held in the Eaton County jail while charges are being sought from the Eaton County Prosecutors Office.
The Eaton County Sheriff’s Office wants to highlight the dangers faced by law enforcement daily when initiating vehicle stops for traffic violations.