Suspect arraigned for allegedly brandishing firearm at off-duty trooper

By: Victoria Mitchell | Royal Oak Review | Published August 12, 2015


ROYAL OAK — A Detroit man was charged with felonious assault with a deadly weapon after allegedly brandishing a weapon on Interstate 75 during an incident of road rage.

Jermaine Lee Green, 27, was arraigned Aug. 4 at the 52-4 District Court in Troy and given a $200,000 personal bond.

Green entered a plea of not guilty and asked for a court-appointed attorney. As of press time, the attorney had not yet been appointed.

First Lt. Michael A. Shaw, Michigan State Police Special Enforcement Section commander and public information officer, said that at about 2:45 p.m. Aug. 1, a black Chevy Camaro driven by Green was speeding and tailgating drivers on I-75 near 12 Mile Road in Royal Oak.

An off-duty trooper driving on the interstate at that time said Green allegedly pulled behind his vehicle and flashed his headlights until the vehicle was able to change lanes. Green allegedly then pulled alongside the off-duty trooper and pointed a black semi-automatic pistol at him and his passenger before speeding off.

Shaw said the off-duty trooper obtained the Camaro’s plate number and contacted the Detroit Regional Communications Center.

Green was then stopped by troopers on southbound I-75 at the Davison Freeway in Detroit.

According to Shaw, Green was taken into custody and a black semi-automatic pistol was taken from the vehicle. Green was taken to the Oakland County Jail. His next court date is set for Aug. 13.

Shaw said that when on the road, drivers should control what they can control — themselves.

“Don’t take it personal,” he said. “If someone wants to pass you, let them go. Slow down, and if on the freeway, try and exit.”

Shaw said motorists should not be afraid to call 911 no matter how small they think the incident might be.

“We would rather respond to the incident and deal with it than letting things get out of hand,” he said.