A high risk traffic stop involving law enforcement from multiple jurisdictions that shutdown Interstate 94 for hours on Tuesday, July 14 netted one arrest and one person being taken into custody on a probation hold.

Racine County Sheriff’s deputies assisted in arresting a Milwaukee man for allegedly stealing a vehicle out of Milwaukee and another Milwaukee man for smoking pot in the back seat of the car.

But Lt. Mark Stanmeyer, of the Milwaukee Police Department, said the person who owned the car had already recovered the car, but didn’t tell police.

“The victim was stopped in his own car… he apparently had recovered his own stolen car and never told anybody that he recovered it,” Stanmeyer said. “So it was still listed as stolen in the computer and no arrest was made.”

Officials with the Racine County Sheriff’s Department said a second person, Chazz White, of Milwaukee, was also taken into custody on a probation hold because of some citations he owed.

Maurice Rittman, 21, of Milwaukee, was charged by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office on Tuesday with one misdemeanor count of possession of marijuana. If convicted, Rittman faces up to six months in jail and/or fined up to $1,000.

According to the criminal complaint, Rittman was a passenger in a car that law enforcement suspected was stolen out of Milwaukee. When a deputy searched the car they found a marijuana cigarette in an ashtray in the left side rear passenger seat.

However, there were two cars that were pulled over at 6:07 p.m. July 14— a Mercedes Benz and a Nissan — were being driven by fans of a rap group called Stick Unkrane. The group was traveling together to see a show in Kenosha at Tarbender’s.

Racine County Eye spoke to Dion Smart, the driver of the Mercedes Benz that was stopped Tuesday night. He said his car was not stolen, that the stop was “not a normal pull over” and he wasn’t arrested. Smart said that the two cars were not stolen.

“When they stopped us, there were 15 cops,” he said. ”They had guns out and they tore up my whole car.”

Editor’s note: This version of the story corrects the number of arrests made, and information from the Milwaukee Police Department clarifying that no drivers were arrested for stealing any vehicles.

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Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for Patch.com, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.