X-Train Derailed Again
The Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety targeted the infamous X-Train, once again, issuing over 20 citations and making several arrests on outstanding warrants, narcotics violations and driving offenses. This is the second time the Saturday night ritual was targeted, the first offensive occurred on April 22nd of this year.
The police responded to complaints from residents in the 100-300 blocks of North Sage Street, complaining of excessive noise and not being able to park in a parking lot that had been taken over by vehicles and non-residents. Officers arrived around 11:47 PM, Saturday evening, pursuing vehicles leaving the scene.
The operation lasted several hours resulting in citations being issued and seven vehicles being towed. A stolen vehicle was recovered in the 1700 block of Union and the driver was arrested on several felony charges. Officers attempted to stop another vehicle at Ada and Westnedge Avenue and the driver drove towards an officer, causing him to jump out of the way. A pursuit occurred that ended in the 600 block of Elm Street. The driver, a 37 year-old Kalamazoo man, was arrested for carrying a concealed weapon, felony firearm, felon in possession of a firearm and possession with intent to deliver controlled substances.
Authorities say that they will continue to target the X-Train with the hope of deterring this type of activity that adversely impacts the quality of life for area residents.