Drunk camper assaults deputy trying to help him

June 25, 2014

PERE MARQUETTE TWP. — A 37-year-old Cumberland, Maryland man was arrested by Mason County Sheriff’s deputies Tuesday night for assaulting a police officer. Emergency personnel from Pere Marquette Fire Dept. and Life EMS were initially called to Mason County Campground on West Chauvez Road for an intoxicated subject having a seizure. Dispatch information indicated the man had been drinking for a considerable amount of time.

Upon arrival, Fire Chief Larry Gaylord first reported the man did not have a pulse. A few minutes later he reported that he was able to get a pulse. Law enforcement was also called due to the report of intoxication.

Sheriff Kim Cole said the man woke from his seizure and began talking with emergency personnel. “At some point during the conversation, the individual kicked Dep. Dan Dice in the face and then kicked him a second time in the chest. However, Dep. Dice’s Kevlar vest prevented serious damage.”

Cole said paramedics assisted to handcuff the man who was then transported to Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital. Upon release of the hospital he was lodged in the Mason County Jail. Cole said he was informed the man is a contractor working at the Consumers Energy hydroelectric plant.

The man is expected to be arraigned today in 79th District Court.

Other activity of the sheriff’s office for Tuesday, June 24, 2014, included:

– 12:28 a.m.: Traffic Hazard, U.S. 31 and Fountain Rd., Sherman Twp.

– 3:02 a.m.: Car/deer crash, no injuries, U.S. 31 and Townline Rd., Free Soil Twp.

– 7:03 a.m.: Breaking and enterting, 5400 block of Wallace Rd., Pere Marquette Twp.

– 7:38 a.m.: B&E, 200 block of South Pere Marquette Hwy., P.M. Twp.

– 10 a.m.: Car/deer crash, no injuries, Sugar Grove and Reed roads, Sherman Twp.

– 6:44 p.m.: A 38-year-old Branch woman was arrested for operating a vehicle while intoxicated first offense and driving while license suspended first offense following a traffic stop at Stiles and Groth roads, Victory Twp.

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Betten Baker Ford

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