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Traylor arrested for driving car reported stolen; charges dropped

Traylor arrested for driving car reported stolen; charges dropped

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MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee Bucks forward Robert Traylor was arrested last week for driving a car that had been reported stolen but was released after the owner declined to press charges.

Traylor was briefly jailed Friday night in Dearborn, Mich., after he was pulled over while driving a 1994 Chevrolet Impala with Ohio plates, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported today.

Owner Marvin D. Wilson of Milwaukee told police the last time he saw the car was when Traylor teammate Tim Thomas took it for a test drive, saying he wanted to drive it to Michigan and have a mechanic look at it.

Wilson told authorities Thomas did not return the car. Thomas has denied any involvement in the incident, according to his attorney.

Around 6 p.m. on Friday, police officers stopped Traylor, who was driving the Impala "at a high rate of speed while making several lane changes and failing to signal," according to the report.

Traylor, a native of Detroit, was alone in the car. A computer check showed the car had been reported stolen, so Traylor was arrested.

Police, who impounded the car, found another Ohio license plate in the car's trunk. Traylor was booked for receiving and concealing stolen property over $1,000, a felony offense in Michigan.

Detroit police contacted Milwaukee police Friday night. Milwaukee police then located Wilson, who said he was in the process of selling the car to Thomas.

When the car was not returned, Wilson reported it stolen. Wilson told authorities he did not want to prosecute the case, and requested authorities return the car to Traylor.

Traylor, who was ticketed for speeding, was released some time after 10 p.m. Traylor told police he did not want the car released to him.

Traylor declined to comment on the incident.


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