Three Kalamazoo residents were arrested in Battle Creek Tuesday evening after one of them allegedly threatened motorists with a gun.

The Michigan State Police say that they received reports of two cars chasing each other on I-94 in Calhoun County around 6:45pm Tuesday; shortly after that, a woman called 911 and said that when she passed a car, a man in the rear seat pointed a gun at her. An MSP trooper located the suspect vehicle on Capital Ave. north of Beckley, and as they attempted a traffic stop the rear seat passenger fled on foot, clutching a handgun.

The Battle Creek Police and K-9 units were brought in, and the man who fled on foot was located at the Knight’s Inn Hotel and taken into custody; the handgun, which was determined to be stolen, was found nearby. The other two in the car were taken into custody at gunpoint by the trooper; as well, around 1 pound of processed marijuana was found in the car.

The suspects told police that a bad drug deal was the reason the “chase” happened in the first place, but investigators haven’t been able to verify that claim.

The 28-year-old driver is facing charges of possession with intent to deliver marijuana, and driving on a suspended license; the 22-year-old passenger is facing a drug dealing charge as well, while the 25-year-old suspect in the rear seat is facing a drug charge, felonious assault with a handgun, felony firearm, possession of a stolen handgun and resisting and obstructing.


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