Macomb County driver tries to hide gun under clothes while being pulled over for cutting off semi

22-year-old Clinton Township man arrested

A gun found during a March 22, 2023, traffic stop on I-94 in Harrison Township. (Macomb County Sheriff's Office)

HARRISON TOWNSHIP, Mich. – A 22-year-old man from Macomb County tried to hide a loaded rifle underneath some clothes on the floor of his car while police were pulling him over for cutting off a semi truck on I-94.

The incident happened around 1:15 a.m. Wednesday (March 22) on eastbound I-94 near North River Road in Harrison Township.

Macomb County deputies said they saw a red Nissan Altima heading east in the middle lane when it suddenly changed lanes and cut off a semi truck. The semi truck had to brake sharply to avoid a crash, authorities said.

During the traffic stop, deputies said they noticed the driver making “a lot of movement” as he pulled over. They spoke to the 22-year-old Clinton Township man about his careless driving and noticed a gun lying beneath clothing on the passenger floorboard, according to police.

Deputies ordered the driver out of the car. He told them there was a weapon in the Altima, but couldn’t provide a valid concealed pistol license.

After receiving permission to retrieve the weapon, deputies identified it as a 5.56-caliber semi-automatic Troy firearm. It was loaded, they said.

There was no record of the firearm, and the driver had a warrant out for his arrest in Clinton Township, according to authorities.

He was arrested for carrying a concealed weapon, and the Altima was impounded.

Deputies took the man to the Macomb County Jail, where he is being held without bond. The gun was seized as evidence.

“As a reminder, if you do not possess a valid concealed pistol license and are transporting a firearm, it must be unloaded and enclosed in a case or carried in the trunk of a vehicle,” Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham said. “You can find more information on this by visiting and searching section 750.227.”

The case will be turned over to Macomb County prosecutors for a charging decision.

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