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Charges dropped against SVSU student who drove 1.5 miles before pulling over

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SAGINAW TOWNSHIP, MI (WNEM) -

DaJuawn Wallace told investigators he chose not to pull over immediately after police flashed their lights because he wanted to find a well-lit area.

He was arrested and charged with fleeing police.

"At this time we’ve decided to dismiss the felony charges,” said Chris Boyd, assistant prosecutor.

Boyd said his office has been reviewing the case involving Wallace for months.

“This case had a unique set of circumstances. There is much more to it than the clip the defendant has chosen to show everyone,” Boyd said.

Back in February, when Wallace was pulled over by police, court documents and a dash cam video showed Wallace didn't speed off or speed up. However, he did continue to drive for another one and a half miles after police turned on their flashers before he pulled over in a Sam's Club parking.

Wallace told police he wasn't trying to flee he was trying to find a well-lit area to stop.

“The point is when a police officer lights and sirens go on it's mandatory, under the rules, that you stop,” Boyd said.

Boyd said what he doesn't want is a situation where drivers think they can drive as far as they choose to locate what they feel is a safe place to pull over. In this case Boyd admits the circumstances warranted an extensive review and that lead to charges being dropped.

"We've referred the matter back to the Saginaw Valley Police Department for a determination as to whether or not they wish to issue a traffic ticket in this case,” Boyd said.

Wallace also told police in Detroit, where he's from, fake police officers had been convicted of robbing drivers.

The prosecutor’s office said if that's a concern call 911.

A protest in defense of Wallace is scheduled for 4 p.m. on July 8 at Saginaw County Courthouse. The protest will continue even though charges have been dropped.

A Facebook post regarding the protest said the group will focus on the important of student safety in interacting with law enforcement and highlighting the questionable conduct of the prosecutor's office.

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