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Men Fight After Minor Crash

By Patrick Sullivan | Jan. 8, 2019

A teenager was arrested after two men got into a fight following a minor traffic crash.

A neighbor who witnessed the fight on Yarrow Trail in Garfield Township called 911 Friday at 8:43pm. Grand Traverse County Sheriff’s deputies responded and interviewed the two drivers, a 19-year-old and a 41-year-old who were acquainted with each other prior to the crash.

The 19-year-old said he slid past a driveway and was backing up when the other driver rear-ended him; the 41-year-old told deputies that he slid into the vehicle as it was making a U-turn in front of him.

The older driver said that the 19-year-old then purposely rammed his vehicle after he pulled over to the side of the road, says Capt. Randy Fewless.

That apparently caused both drivers to get out of their cars and fight. There were no significant injuries, and no medical attention was needed. Witnesses told deputies that after the fight, the 19-year-old got back into his car and backed into a third vehicle, causing damage.

The teenager was arrested for malicious destruction of property and driving without insurance.

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