DaJuawn Wallace is a college student from Michigan who was taught to pull over to a well-lit area if he was ever pulled over by police. But it’s those actions that have him facing possible felony charges.
“I live in Detroit, and I know some people who were robbed by fake police officers,” Wallace said. “I was taught to find a well-lit area to pullover in.”
Wallace saw a cop following him and flashing his lights, but drove 1.5 miles to pull over in a Sam’s Club parking lot.
“I was not speeding up, turning off my lights or trying to get away,” Wallace stated and even the dash-cam shows Wallace signaled to the cop that he was pulling over into the parking lot.
Saginaw Valley State University Police Officer Leon Wilson wrote in his police report that he initiated a traffic stop on Wallace because his vehicle fit the description of a car that he observed driving on a sidewalk on the SVSU campus. Wilson lost sight of the vehicle.
“I was uncertain about the make and the model of the vehicle, but this vehicle looked like the same color and was leaving the immediate area,” Wilson wrote.
Wilson reported that after he turned flashing lights at the intersection of Bay and Liberty, Wallace continued southbound at about 35 miles per hour as he approached Kochville Road.
“The driver made no attempt to pull over and stop. I observed the driver stick his hands out of the window a couple of times. I did not see the driver throw anything from the vehicle, though it was dark and the road was poorly lit,” Wilson wrote.
“I feel that if I was an older individual, it wouldn’t have been a problem,” Wallace said. “I feel like if I was of a different sex, they would’ve probably thought that I was just trying to find somewhere safe to pull into.”
And he forgot, possibly a different race.
Saginaw County Chief Prosecutor Christopher Boyd said when a cop pulls up behind you, you must stop.
“You don’t get a driver’s license and get to pick what rules you are going to follow and what rules you are not going to follow,” the prosecutor said.
Boyd offered to dismiss the charges for a lesser charge of a misdemeanor, but Wallace isn’t budging and doesn’t think he did anything wrong. And wants the charge to be dismissed.