62-year-old Man Who Called Police for Help Ends Up Under Arrest for Failing to Appear in Court 29 Years Ago
DETROIT, MI — July 26, 2018
A Detroit man called police to help him with a problem. The police officers asked him for identification, then they checked his name and discovered that he was wanted for missing court dates during the summer of 1989.
Chrys Cline was arrested the same day. His daughter Trillion Wright made a video, which shows that the man can barely walk. He lives with his daughter because of injuries suffered in a 2016 car accident. Wright appears stunned to be stunned by what's transpiring in front of her.
In this video, officers say Cline was taken in for car theft. The Post was unable to verify the existence of an outstanding warrant for car theft.
“You have to admit this is stupid, officer,” Wright says in the video.
“I almost cried because my daughter was all upset,” Cline said. “But I figured it’s time to get this resolved, but I didn’t want to go to jail.”
He was wanted for three criminal charges — larceny, retail fraud and receiving stolen property. According to Maria Miller, a spokeswoman for the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office, there is no statute of limitations because Cline has already been charged.
“Since [Cline] has three outstanding criminal cases, he will have to appear in court, and there will be new court dates set up for him to appear on [those] cases,” Miller said in an email.
Now Wright is concerned that if her father turns himself into police, authorities will not ensure that his medication is properly administered.
“I’m not going to risk that,” she said.
Her dad “feels like a prisoner” in his home because he fears being stopped by authorities, Wright said.
It is unclear which department arrested Cline and how long he was detained. It also was unclear what brought police to Cline and his daughter’s home.