'Super drunk' driver arrested with gun after hit-and-run crash
A drunken 24-year-old man with a gun in his car was arrested by Ypsilanti police officers early Sunday morning after he caused a hit and run crash, police said.
Police responded at 2:05 a.m. Sunday to the 200 block of West Michigan Avenue in downtown after a report of a hit and run crash, according to Detective Sgt. Troy Fulton.
Police arrested Derek Pike, who lives in Troy, near the scene of the crash, Fulton said.
Pike was intoxicated and officers found a handgun inside the vehicle during a search, Fulton said. Pike registered a 0.24 and 0.26 on tests at the scene of the arrest.
Fulton said Pike rear-ended a woman as he was driving near the intersection of Washington Street and Ferris Street. As she called police, Pike got into his car and drove away but only made it a block before he was pulled over, Fulton said.
Pike told police there was a .22-caliber semi-automatic handgun in the car's glove box and he did not have a permit for it, Fulton said.
According to court records, Pike is being charged under Michigan’s so-called “Super Drunk” law for people who drive with a blood alcohol level above 0.17. A driver is considered drunk in Michigan at 0.08 blood alcohol content.
He’s also been charged with carrying a concealed weapon, operating while intoxicated, possession of marijuana, failing to stop at an accident causing property damage and possessing a firearm while intoxicated.
Pike has been arraigned on the charges and is scheduled to return to court at 8:30 a.m. March 13 for a preliminary examination, according to court officials.