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Michigan Man Who Tried to Pull Over Police Officer Faces Jail Time

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Published on Dec 18, 2012

A Michigan man is facing jail time after he tried to make a citizen's arrest ... of a police officer. His own video captures 60-year-old Steve McClain yelling at a cop to pull over for not wearing a seat belt and speeding.

McClain was charged with reckless driving and he is set to go to trial in two months after a plea deal could not be reached. He could face up to three months in jail.

Former prosecutor Brian Claypool said that according to Michigan statute, the only time a person can make a citizen's arrest is if a felony is committed in their house, they're witness to a felony in public, or a police officer directs them to do so.

However, McClain says he wasn't trying to arrest the officer. He recounted, "When the light turned green, he took off at such a high rate of speed and I could see it was a K-9 unit, so I was concerned for the possibility of a dog being inside. I said 'Sir, you need to wear your seat belt' and he started laughing. It set me off."

If the officer wasn't compliant with the law, McClain claims he planned on calling the police department to give the cop a citation or arrest him.

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