MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. — A former suburban Detroit sheriff says his old police instincts kicked in when he saw a pickup truck swerve, hit a minivan and speed off.

The Detroit Free Press reports ( ) Mark Hackel, who currently leads Macomb County government as its executive, called 911 and tailed the truck for five miles this week before the driver pulled into a parking lot, recognized Hackel and asked for mercy.

The sheriff’s department says it happened Tuesday night. Hackel says he took the keys from the man’s truck and moments later authorities arrived to take the 41-year-old to jail.

Hackel was Macomb County sheriff for a decade before being elected county executive in 2010. He says: “I can’t help but say, I miss the sheriff’s job — it was a passion.”

This story has been corrected to show the pursuit happened Tuesday night, not Wednesday night.

Information from: Detroit Free Press,