Traffic Stop Leads to Jail Time and Impounded Vehicles for Two Brothers

On January 23, a man pulled out of a parking lot at the Falcon Inn Motel on Michigan Avenue in Dearborn; he exited the parking lot without signaling, pulling onto Cambridge Street in a 2004 Ford cutaway van, according to a news article at An officer who saw the 25-year-old man exit the parking lot ran the license plate and the information returned “no title information on computer.” The officer then proceeded to pull the man over.

The driver, from Detroit, told the police officer that his brother had bought the work van recently, however he could not produce documents proving the purchase. The officer eventually learned that the man’s driver’s license was suspended, but that wasn’t the end of it. His license had been suspended six times previously, and he was wanted in Dearborn, Highland Park, Wyandotte, and Macomb County Circuit Court on five warrants for driving on a suspended license.

The man’s brother showed up in a 2004 Mazda 3 as the police officer and the van driver were sitting in the officer’s patrol car waiting on a tow truck. He wanted to know what was going on, and became argumentative with the police officer who requested two times that he leave the scene. He was arrested as well.

When additional officers responded to the scene, it was found that the license plate on the Mazda was registered to another vehicle. Officers also found a replica handgun under the driver’s seat of the Mazda. In the end, the two brothers’ vehicles were impounded, and both went to jail. The man driving the Ford van was arrested for improper license plate, driving without proof of registration or insurance, and driving without a valid license.

As is evidenced by the story above, driving on a suspended license is never a good idea. Michigan driver’s license restoration attorneys understand that there are instances when an individual feels he or she must drive, regardless of drivers license status, such as in the case of an emergency. Having your license suspended or revoked truly creates a hardship; most people take the privilege to drive for granted, never realizing how important having the right to drive is until that right is taken away.

If your driver’s license has been suspended or revoked due to reckless driving, DUI, or for any reason, speak with a trusted Michigan driver’s license reinstatement lawyer who has a winning track record and will fight vigorously to get you back on the road.

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