Speeding, drugs draw special patrol’s attention

By Chris Jackett
Sunday Times Newspapers

WYANDOTTE – With an open bottle of rum, several grams of marijuana and a police car following close behind, occupants of a vehicle decided to get officers’ attention last week by speeding and leaning out a window to yell at other vehicles.

A Downriver Party Patrol Task Force, consisting of one Wyandotte officer and another from Flat Rock, was northbound on Biddle Avenue near Sycamore about 12:30 a.m. July 24 when members saw a gray 2001 Pontiac Grand Am closely following a white compact car.

The Grand Am’s rear passenger, a 27-year-old man from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., rolled down his window and was yelling at the occupants of the white car before it turned east on Elm.

Officers followed the Grand Am as it accelerated to about 48 miles per hour in a 30-mph zone before slowing down to 25 mph to weave in and out of the right lane. Holding back a car’s length for observation and safety purposes, officers continued to follow as it weaved across the lane divider lines several more times before stopping the car at Biddle and Spruce Street.

The driver, a 25-year-old Davison woman, smelled of intoxicants and spoke in a slow and slurred manner, police said. When asked for her vehicle registration, she told officers she couldn’t find it, but they could see it plainly on the top of the papers in the clear plastic folder she had been looking through.

After refusing a preliminary blood-alcohol breath test, the driver failed field sobriety tests and was arrested for operating while under the influence. A records check revealed a citations for previous OWI and driving with a suspended license.

Officers then found a marijuana pipe with marijuana residue in the woman’s purse. On the floor near the rear passenger was an open and partially consumed bottle of rum.

On the left rear seat was an ornately carved gray stone box containing 7.1 grams of marijuana, a grinder and a smoking pipe, which the front passenger – a 27-year-old Flint woman – claimed were hers.

Both women were arrested and the man was issued a pair of citations for open intoxication and loitering where drugs are used/sold.

At the police station, the driver was processed and read her chemical test rights, but she refused a breath test. A search warrant was completed quickly to obtain a blood test result; she then was transported to Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital for a blood draw.

(Contact Chris Jackett at cjackett@bewickpublications.com)