BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (WOOD) — Three people were arrested in Battle Creek on Tuesday evening after one of them allegedly pointed a gun at someone and then fled police.
Michigan State Police say that around 6:45 p.m., witnesses told a trooper that two cars were chasing each other and had pulled onto westbound I-94. Shortly thereafter, a driver called 911 and said a passenger in the backseat of a westbound car on the highway pointed a gun at her when she passed the vehicle.
A trooper spotted and tried to pull over the suspect vehicle on Capital Avenue SW north of Beckley Road, just off I-94. The backseat passenger, MSP said, ran away clutching a handgun on his waist.
MSP, with help from the Battle Creek Police Department and a K-9, soon found the suspect at the Knights Inn motel just north of the highway and arrested him. The gun was found near where he had been running, police said.
Two other people who were in the car were arrested at gunpoint as they tried to get back onto westbound I-94 by the trooper who pulled them over, MSP said.
Troopers say they found a pound of processed marijuana inside the suspect vehicle. The three people arrested told police that the incident had come after a drug deal went wrong — though MSP says it hasn’t yet verified that claim.
The driver, a 28-year-old from Kalamazoo, is charged with possession with intent to deliver marijuana and driving on a suspended license. The front seat passenger, a 22-year-old from Kalamazoo, is charged with possession with intent to deliver marijuana. The backseat passenger, a 25-year-old from Portage, is charged with felonious assault with a handgun, possession with intent to deliver marijuana, felony firearm, possession of a stolen handgun and resisting and obstructing an officer.
MSP says it’s still investigating.
The incident shut down a highway ramp at Capital Avenue for a time, but it has since reopened.