Talk about ditching your weed. Two men were arrested after police said they chucked grow lights, cultivation equipment, and potted marijuana plants out their car window during a high-speed chase in central Michigan.
The driver, 21, and his passenger, 17, both were arrested in Mouth Pleasant, Mich., on suspicion of marijuana possession and manufacture. The driver could face additional charges of fleeing and eluding, reckless driving, and driving with a suspended license.
The two men were booked at the Isabella County Jail and arraigned Sept. 15. Prosecutors in Macosta and Gratiot counties also could file charges against the driver.
The incident started early in the morning when sheriff’s deputies in Macosta County tried to stop a Pontiac G6 with a broken headlight. The driver sped off and deputies gave chase.
When the pursuit reached Isabella County, Mecosta County deputies handed it over to Isabella County sheriff’s deputies. They spotted the car in Mount Pleasant and tried to pull the driver over. But the driver fled again, blowing through a red light with deputies and a Mount Pleasant police officer behind him.
The driver killed the headlights and taillights near Bluegrass, Mich., police said. Soon after, they spotted items being thrown out the window. The cops later determined they were hydroponic grow lights, several marijuana plants, and felt liners for pots.
The driver then sped into neighboring Gratiot County, where a sheriff’s deputy deployed stop stick tire deflation strips on the highway. The strips punctured three of the driver’s four tires, but he continued to flee, police said.
The chase ended in Gratiot County, where the two men were arrested. The driver and the passenger are both Lansing residents.
Medical marijuana is legal in Michigan, though recreational weed is not. Local law enforcement tends to be rigid, with numerous medical marijuana cultivators and caregivers prosecuted in recent years.