Suspect attempts to pass counterfeit bill, injures deputy’s hand during arrest.

August 4, 2021

Suspect attempts to pass counterfeit bill, injures deputy’s hand during arrest.

PERE MARQUETEE TOWNSHIP — A 53-year-old Central Lake, Michigan man was arrested Tuesday morning, Aug. 3, after allegedly attempting to pass a counterfeit $100 bill at the Murphy Gas Station and later injuring a Mason County sheriff’s deputy’s hand while struggling with deputies, according to Mason County Sheriff Kim Cole.

The man faces charges of attempting to pass counterfeit money, methamphetamine possession, and two counts of assaulting/resisting/obstructing police. 

Both he and a 33-year-old Central Lake woman remain lodged in the Mason County Jail. The woman was charged with disorderly person, said Sheriff Cole.

Deputies were dispatched to the gas station on US 10 at 8 a.m. after receiving a report of a person attempting to pass the counterfeit bill.

“Responding deputies were provided with a vehicle description, registration and direction of travel,” said Sheriff Cole. “A deputy located the suspect vehicle in the Biggby Coffee parking lot and made contact with the two occupants to investigate the alleged counterfeit money complaint. During the investigation, the male subject struggled with two deputies which resulted in one deputy receiving an injury to his hand. The deputy was treated and released at Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital for that injury.”

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