A Mile of Terror: Michigan Trooper's Encounter with a Marijuana-Smoking Motorist

September 27th, 2023 Legal & Crime
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In a series of events that has Michigan residents on edge and sheds light on the risks law enforcement face daily, a seemingly routine traffic stop escalated dramatically in Jackson County's Summit Township.

The Incident

On a quiet Sunday morning around 9 a.m., a Michigan State Police (MSP) Trooper pulled over a vehicle for speeding. The driver, identified as Tavion Beasley, was clocked driving a staggering 92 miles per hour down US 127. However, what seemed like a standard speeding infraction quickly became a dangerous situation when the trooper detected the unmistakable scent of marijuana emanating from inside Beasley's car.

Body camera footage, later released by MSP, captures the interaction. After the trooper calmly requested Beasley's license and registration, she inquired if he had marijuana burning inside the vehicle. Beasley's affirmative response led to the trooper reminding him of Michigan's laws, specifically, "you know that it's illegal to smoke marijuana while you're driving?"

Throughout the traffic stop, Beasley, apparently unperturbed, continued to use his phone. Despite repeated commands from the trooper, the situation escalated when Beasley defiantly made his way back to the driver's seat. The subsequent struggle, caught on the officer's body camera, culminates in the chilling sound of the car accelerating, followed by the officer's pleas for Beasley to "stop and let me out."

Tragically, the trooper was dragged nearly a mile by the fleeing vehicle. While she was fortunately released from the hospital after receiving treatment for minor injuries, the body camera she wore was dislodged during the incident.

The Aftermath

Following the incident, local authorities immediately appealed to the community for assistance. Residents were requested to check their security and doorbell cameras for any footage of the harrowing episode.

Remarkably, Beasley chose to turn himself in after discussing the event with his family members. Upon his arraignment, he faced several serious charges, including assault with intent to murder, carrying a concealed weapon, and assaulting a police officer, leading to injury. As of now, Beasley remains in Jackson County Jail, with his bond set at a hefty $500,000.


While Michigan has made progressive strides in marijuana legalization, this incident serves as a sobering reminder of the responsibilities that come with such freedoms. It underscores the importance of abiding by laws that prohibit driving under the influence of marijuana and sheds light on the potential dangers that law enforcement face each day. This occurrence, now a major topic of discussion in Michigan's cannabis community, emphasizes the importance of safety and responsibility for all parties involved.

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