A random license plate check by Dearborn police resulted in the arrest of three men and apprehension of a vehicle reported as stolen.
According to police reports, an officer was patrolling the area of Michigan and Gulley near 1:20 a.m. on Jan. 4 when he ran a random check on a Chrysler van waiting in the Tim Horton's drive-thru line.
The check revealed that the vehicle had been reported as stolen in Dearborn in October 2012.
The officer performed a traffic stop of the van and instructed the driver to turn off the vehicle and hand over the keys. The driver complied, but told the officer that he had just borrowed the van from a friend—though he could not give the name of the person.
Officers placed the driver and two passengers under arrest while performing a search of the van. The search revealed a bag of crack cocaine hidden under a the rear passenger seat. Additionally, a background check on the men revealed that one had a misdemeanor warrant, while the driver's license was suspended.
The driver, a 21-year-old Detroit resident, was arrested for possession of a stolen vehicle and driving with a suspended license. One passenger, an 18-year-old Inkster resident, was charged with possession of a narcotic and for the outstanding warrant. The third man, a 17-year-old Inkster resident, was charged with disorderly conduct and loitering.
The van, which was listed as belonging to a resident of St. Joseph, was towed.
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