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Busy Two Days For Sheriff's Office Bring Multiple Arrests

By Beth Milligan | Jan. 10, 2019

Grand Traverse Sheriff's Office deputies had their hands full Tuesday and Wednesday with multiple incidents and arrests in several local townships.

At approximately 1:10pm Tuesday, an East Bay Township community police officer clocked a vehicle going 70mph in a 55mph zone on Garfield Road near Black Bark Road. The officer turned on his lights and sirens to conduct a traffic stop, but the driver continued heading south and would not stop. The driver then turned onto Salon Road going approximately 50mph on the gravel road, at which point he lost control of his vehicle and ran off the road, hitting a tree. The officer made contact with the 47-year-old Traverse City man and saw open alcoholic beverages in the vehicle and asked the driver why he didn't stop. The man replied, "I'm rollng dirty." The officer conducted field sobriety tests and a PBT, which yielded a .127 reading. The officer also checked the car's license plate and discovered the vehicle was reported stolen out of Traverse City. Following a chemical test at Munson Medical Center, the driver was lodged at Grand Traverse County Jail for operating while impaired fourth offense, fleeing and eluding, driving while license suspended second/subsequent offense, operating without insurance, and possession of stolen property.

Also on Tuesday, the Sheriff's Office responded to a report of an unarmed robbery in Blair Township at 9:30pm. A store clerk reported two male subjects entered the business - which was not identified by the Sheriff's Office - both wearing masks. One subject quickly approached the store clerk and grabbed him around the neck, demanding he open the register. Once the register was open, the masked suspect took the money in the register, pushed the store clerk, and left the store with the other masked subject. The two men may have left the store in a tan-colored minivan. The store clerk did not require medical treatment. Anyone with information on the robbery is asked to call the Grand Traverse County Sheriff’s Office at 231-995-5002.

On Wednesday at 12:30am, Central Dispatch received a call from a father indicating his daughter and her boyfriend were possible fighting at a Garfield Township residence. The father, who was not at the residence, indicated he believed the boyfriend was intoxicated and had pulled a gun during the altercation. Deputies arrived on scene and immediately made contact with a 22-year-old male and a 21-year-old female. Deputies observed a rifle laying on the floor in the living room where the two individuals lived together. Information gathered at the scene determined the man had been heavily consuming alcoholic beverages during the evening and began yelling at the woman. The man removed a rifle from a case and made statements of possibly harming himself and the woman. The woman was able to go to another room and contact her father. She then reentered the room the man was in and observed him loading the rifle. The man took his girlfriend's phone and would not give it back to her. During the investigation, a PBT sample was obtained from the man, which reflected a .162 reading. The man was arrested for domestic felonious assault, interference with an electronic communication device, and possession of a firearm while intoxicated.

Also in the early morning hours Wednesday, a Grand Traverse County Sheriff’s sergeant observed a vehicle doing donuts and driving recklessly in the parking lot of a Garfield Township church at 1:30am. After the car turned into the roadway, the sergeant attempted to make a traffic stop. The suspect failed to stop and continued into the driveway of a private residence, where the sergeant watched the driver’s door fly open and the driver run inside the house. The sergeant made contact with a resident of the house, and eventually the driver came outside. The 21-year-old Traverse City man was taken to Grand Traverse County Jail for fleeing and eluding.

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