Trial Looms for Man Accused of Dragging State Trooper in Jackson Traffic Stop

November 1st, 2023 Legal & Crime
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In a recent incident that has captured the attention of Michigan's cannabis community, a Detroit resident is set to face trial after a dramatic confrontation with a Michigan State Police trooper in Jackson. The events unfolded on September 24th, when Tavion William Beasley, a 21-year-old man, was pulled over during a routine traffic stop that escalated into a high-stakes situation.

Court documents indicate that Beasley is currently facing multiple felony charges, including assault with intent to murder, carrying a concealed weapon, third-degree fleeing police, resisting arrest causing injury, and felony firearms. These charges have been brought forward after an in-depth examination of the circumstances surrounding the traffic stop.

On the morning in question, at approximately 9 a.m., a trooper observed a maroon Chrysler 300 traveling at an alarming speed of 92 mph on U.S. 127. The car was subsequently pulled over on South Street near Michigan Avenue. The incident, captured on a body camera video, reveals the tension that quickly escalated during the interaction.

Upon approaching the vehicle, the trooper requested Beasley's driver's license, registration, and insurance. The trooper quickly noticed the scent of burning marijuana inside the car and instructed Beasley to exit the vehicle. Beasley acknowledged the presence of marijuana and initially complied with the trooper's instructions. However, the situation took a turn when Beasley, while conversing on his cell phone, returned to his car despite the trooper's orders.

The body camera footage shows the ensuing chaos as Beasley sped away with the trooper still partially inside the vehicle, pleading for him to stop. The trooper clung to the car for a perilous 41 seconds before Beasley stopped to let her out and then sped off again. The dislodged body camera continued to record from inside the car, capturing Beasley's frantic conversation admitting to pushing the trooper out.

The trooper sustained minor injuries and was treated at Henry Ford Jackson Hospital before being released. Beasley, after being identified as a suspect, turned himself in following discussions with his family, who encouraged him to cooperate with the authorities.

The trial is set to take place in the Jackson County Circuit Court, presided over by Judge Thomas Wilson. Beasley's bond has been set at $500,000, and he remains in custody at the Jackson County Jail.

While this incident echoes a similar case previously reported in Jackson County's Summit Township, it brings to light the ongoing discussions surrounding the responsible use of marijuana and the challenges faced by law enforcement. The case underscores the need for clear understanding and adherence to the laws governing cannabis use while driving and emphasizes the potential consequences of neglecting such responsibilities.

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