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Detroit Man Charged in I-94 Road Rage Incident

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy has charged Demetrius Deshawn Butler, 28, (DOB: 04/18/1990) of Detroit, in connection with a road rage incident that occurred on March 7, 2019 at approximately 4:00 p.m. on westbound I-94 near Merriman Road in Romulus, MI.

The victims, a 49-year-old Detroit man and a 25-year-old Royal Oak woman, with their eight-month-old infant, were traveling westbound on I-94 near Detroit Metropolitan Airport. It is alleged that the defendant, Butler, who had two passengers in the vehicle, was driving erratically and menacing the family as they were driving. It is also alleged that while driving, Butler pulled a weapon and pointed it at the victims' car. Immediately after this incident, the victims located a Michigan State Police trooper in an I-94 median turn and requested assistance. Michigan State Police and local law enforcement officers located the defendant on I-94 near, near Michigan Avenue, conducted a traffic stop and placed the defendant under arrest.

Butler has been charged with: Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Felon in Possession of Ammunition, two counts of Felonious Assault, four counts of Felony Firearm, Reckless Driving and Driving While License Suspended.*

Butler was arraigned at 2:00 p.m. this afternoon before 34th District Court Magistrate Alan Hindman. The Probable Cause Conference is scheduled for March 20, 2019 at 12:30 p.m. before Judge Lisa Martin. The Preliminary Examination is scheduled for March 27, 2019 at 9:05 a.m. before Judge David Parrott in 34th District Court. The defendant received a $100,000 cash/surety bond.

*The charges are allegations and defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.