Teen driving stolen car throws pistol, trips over own feet before police arrest him in Detroit

18-year-old taken into custody

A 9 mm Sig Sauer semi-automatic pistol found by Michigan State Police troopers on Oct. 10, 2022, in Detroit. (Michigan State Police)

DETROIT – A teenager who was seen driving a stolen car overnight threw a pistol before tripping over his own feet, allowing police to catch up and arrest him in Detroit.

Michigan State Police troopers said they were on Greenfield Road near West Chicago Road at 11:55 p.m. Monday (Oct. 10) when they noticed a speeding Chrysler 200 that had been stolen on Sept. 26.

During that carjacking, the thief had struck the victim multiple times with the butt of a black pistol, officials said.

Troopers stopped the Chrysler as it pulled into a driveway within a residential neighborhood. The driver and three passengers fled on foot, according to authorities.

While chasing the driver, troopers said they saw him throw a pistol on the ground. He tripped over his own feet and fell, which allowed police to take him into custody without further incident.

A loaded 9 mm Sig Sauer semi-automatic pistol with an extended magazine was found at the scene.

The 18-year-old was taken to the Detroit Detention Center. Investigators are trying to determine if he was the one who stole the Chrysler 200.

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