Man charged in police-fleeing, joint-smoking incident

By: Sarah Wojcik | Shelby - Utica News | Published March 14, 2016




SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On March 7, a 36-year-old Clinton Township man was arraigned at the 42-1 District Court in Romeo on charges of impaired driving, possession of marijuana, fourth-degree fleeing and eluding, operating an unregistered vehicle, and unlawful use of a license plate.

At approximately 5:35 p.m. March 6, a Michigan State Police trooper attempted to stop Stravansky Nycassio Hinds, who was driving a Lincoln Continental, for having an improper license plate on southbound M-53, near 30 Mile Road, in Washington Township.

Hinds allegedly refused to stop after the trooper activated the patrol car’s lights and sirens.

At 22 Mile Road, in Shelby Township, Hinds motioned as if he was going to pull over with his cellphone in his hand, according to a press release. He then raised his finger, as if signaling that he would pull over in one minute, police said.

At that time, the Shelby Township Police Department arrived and, together with the state trooper, police were able to box in Hinds’ vehicle and slow to a stop on the shoulder of M-53.

Police took Hinds into custody without incident, according to the release.

During his arrest, police said, Hinds told officers that he did not stop because he wanted to call his family and finish his marijuana joint.

He also stated that he had a warrant out of Florida, there was marijuana in the vehicle, and he knew he was going to jail, according to the release.

Police said they discovered that Hinds had multiple warrants for his arrest, including one from Florida, and recovered marijuana and open alcohol inside the vehicle.

Hinds was lodged in the Macomb County Jail on a $75,000 cash-or-surety bond, no 10 percent. Florida placed a hold on Hinds so he could be extradited back to the state on narcotics charges.

Shelby Township Police Chief Robert Shelide praised the work of the Michigan State Police and Shelby Township police officers.

“We see everything. We see the good, the bad and the ugly all the time,” Shelide said. “This person had some serious issues, and he was riding around getting high while driving.”

A criminal clerk at the 42-1 District Court said Hinds likely requested court-appointed counsel, but an attorney had not yet been appointed at press time.