Man arrested after fighting deputy in road.

June 25, 2016
Dep. John Balowski inspects the vehicle.

Dep. John Balowski inspects the vehicle.

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By Rob Alway, Editor-in-Chief.

AMBER TWP. — A 27-year-old Ludington man was arrested after he fought a Mason County sheriff deputy in the middle of a road Saturday afternoon. The man was driving his vehicle south on Stiles Road, between Jagger and Hansen roads when the vehicle left the roadway and landed in a ditch. The man then apparently got out of the vehicle and smashed his vehicle’s windshield. He then placed himself in the middle of the road. The white vehicle’s hood was covered in blood, which deputies said belonged to the subject.

Sgt. Oscar Davila of the Mason County Sheriff’s Office said the man had told passerby that he wanted to harm himself. Dep. Matt Moss was on patrol on US 10-31 near Stiles Road when the call was dispatched. When Moss approached the man, the subject attacked the deputy. A male motorist driving by the scene stopped and assisted Moss in attempting to subdue the subject. Moss ultimately used his Taser on the man.

The subject was then transported by Life EMS ambulance, under police escort, to Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital. Davila said drug paraphernalia was found in the subject’s vehicle and that deputies were expected to request a blood alcohol draw at the hospital.

The subject was ultimately charged with assaulting a police officer, obstructing/resisting arrest, both felonies, and operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, a misdemeanor.

While approaching the crash scene, and the struggle between the subject and Dep. Moss, another deputy’s vehicle ended going into a ditch. Sgt. Davila said the deputy was attempting to park to the right of vehicles that had stopped in the roadway at the scene.

Responding to the scene, in addition to the sheriff’s office and ambulance, were Scottville Fire Department and Michigan State Police.

 

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