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Black College Student Arrested After Driving To Well-Lit Area To Pull Over

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When 24-year-old DaJuawn Wallace saw flashing blue police lights in his rearview mirror while driving along a dark road in Kochville Township, Michigan, early one morning in February, he says he chose to proceed with caution. "I live in Detroit, and I know some people who were robbed by fake police officers," Wallace told MLive. "I was taught to find a well-lit area to pullover in." Wallace drove at a low speed with the police car in tow for about a mile and a half before coming to a stop in a Sam's Club parking lot, where he was arrested by Saginaw Valley State University police officer Leon Wilson. Wallace now faces a felony count of fleeing and eluding police for not pulling over sooner, a charge that carries a potential two-year jail sentence. In a police report, Wilson wrote that he attempted to pull over Wallace because his vehicle matched the description of a car that he had earlier seen drive up on a sidewalk on the campus of SVSU, where Wallace is pursuing a master's degree in health administration. While Wilson was unable to pursue the vehicle, he claimed that Wallace's sedan was similar in color and was in the same area. "The driver made no attempt to pull over and stop," Wilson wrote in the report, according to MLive. "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." Wallace said the gesture was an effort to signal to the trailing police officer that he intended to pull over when he reached an area that he felt to be safer. At a preliminary hearing on June 12, Wallace attempted to explain why he didn't stop immediately. The prosecution responded by offering Wallace a reduced charge of attempted fourth-degree fleeing and eluding. If Wallace pleads guilty to the one-year misdemeanor with a delayed sentence, the charge would be dismissed after he completes probation. But not before potentially losing his job and his financial aid, Wallace said.