Iron County deputy, accused of illegally driving MSP car, resigns

CRYSTAL FALLS, Mich. (WLUC) - An Iron County Sheriff's Office deputy, accused of illegally driving another police agency's car, has given his resignation.

The resigning deputy is Anthony Silva, according to Iron County Sheriff Mark Valesano. Valesano says he can't comment about why the 25-year-old Silva resigned, but a Michigan State Police report confirms a March 8, 2018 incident is under investigation. TV6 News obtained the report through a Freedom of Information Act request with Marquette County Prosecutors Office.

The report is investigating the unlawful driving away of an automobile - police vehicle. The report says a Michigan State Police trooper brought his car to Northland Automotive and Powersports in Iron River for repairs after it was hit by a deer. Silva told an investigator that he was at Northland Automotive on the night of March 8 and wanted to play a joke on the trooper by taking the patrol car for a ride. Silva said he didn't mean any harm.

Silva said he was driving the patrol car fast around Iron River with two passengers. Silva said he had three or four beers in about two hours, and one passenger had a beer in the patrol car.

The MSP report says calculations show the patrol car was driven unlawfully for about two miles.

TV6 News is not naming the two passengers in the car at this time. No one has been arrested or charged.

According to the Iron County Prosecutor’s Office, the Marquette County Prosecutor’s Office is reviewing the investigation. Marquette County Prosecutor Matt Wiese says he has no updates at this time.

Valesano says Silva gave his letter of resignation two weeks ago and will officially leave the department Tuesday.

TV6 News will keep following this investigation and give updates as new information becomes available.

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