A Bay City man faces multiple felony charges as he is accused of taking a Michigan State Police cop car during a traffic stop.
A soldier performed the traffic stop on a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu that had an invalid license plate in the Cass Avenue and Fraser Street area in Bay City on July 12.
Behind the wheel was Rockyon Poole who was driving with a suspended license, Michigan State Police said. Poole was handcuffed with his hands behind his back and placed in the backseat of the patrol vehicle.
Two passengers, a 19-year-old female and a 24-year-old male, were also inside the Malibu. The vehicle was owned by the 24-year-old, who admitted he knew Poole had a suspended license, police said.
After getting permission to search the vehicle, the MSP said the soldier found glass pipes, which are used for cracking. During this search, Poole was able to maneuver the handcuffs in front of him and climbed into the front seat, police said.
Poole left and, as state police report, almost hit the state soldier. He stopped the vehicle on Jackson Street near 33rd Street and fled east on foot, police said.
The soldiers could not find Poole in the area with a K9 unit. Two days later he was arrested in Bay City.
Poole was arraigned on July 15 for illegally driving a vehicle, assaulting a dangerous weapon, assaulting or resisting an officer, driving with incorrect license plates and driving with a suspended license. His bond was set at $ 100,000.
The owner of the vehicle was taken to Bay County Jail and charged with allowing a person without a valid driver’s license to operate a vehicle. The other passenger of the Malibu has been released.