CADILLAC — A piece of technology used by a Michigan State Police trooper led to the arrest of a Mexican citizen Tuesday who was wanted on a warrant from a different state.
A trooper from the Cadillac MSP Post stopped a vehicle traveling on U.S. 131 near Cadillac for an equipment violation at around 4 p.m. Tuesday. The driver of the vehicle claimed to be from Texas and told the trooper he had lost his wallet. As a result of losing his wallet, the driver verbally identified himself to the trooper but the name failed to reveal a Texas driver's license or any other record, according to a release by police.
The trooper then used a mobile fingerprint scanner to help identify the driver. The scanner is a device that uses a person's fingerprints to accurately identify individuals in the field via a trooper's patrol car-mounted laptop. If the person is wanted, "hit" information is supplied to the trooper with their photograph and other identifying features.
In the past, this type of information was only available after the person was taken into custody, driven to a post or other law enforcement agency and the process typically took hours to achieve.
In this case, the scanner identified the driver as a Mexican citizen who previously was deported for felony child molestation. The driver also had an active sexual assault warrant out of Texas and was wanted by Immigration and Customs Enforcement also known as ICE. s a result, ICE was contacted and the driver was taken into their custody.
The driver had two children in the vehicle with him and they were turned over to his wife who was traveling ahead of him in a different vehicle.