Ronald Ilitch, the son of billionaire Mike Ilitch, was arrested Wednesday after police said they found him with crack cocaine and a prostitute on Detroit’s west side.
Police pulled over the 57-year-old and found him in possession of crack, and a prostitute was in the passenger seat near the Riviera Motel at McNichols and Grand River. Ilitch was taken to the Detroit Jail and is expected to face formal charges Thursday.
The news comes as his dad, Mike Ilitch, embarks on a $650 million project to build a new Red Wings arena and entertainment district. Ilitch owns the Red Wings, the Tigers and Little Caesars.
This wasn’t Ronald Ilitch’s first brush with the law. In 2004, Ilitch pleaded no contest to two counts of domestic violence after allegedly assaulting his girlfriend twice in Troy.
A year later, he was arrested for soliciting a prostitute.
Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.