Ludington man charged with assaulting hospital personnel, police.

May 18, 2017


Ludington man charged with assaulting hospital personnel, police.


By Rob Alway, Editor-in-Chief.

LUDINGTON — A 35-year-old Ludington man was arrested Wednesday morning by Ludington Police Department after the man allegedly assaulted several police officers and hospital personnel.

Ludington Police Department was called to the 200 block of East Foster Street at 2 a.m. on Wednesday, May 17, for a domestic violence situation, according to Ludington Police Chief Mark Barnett.

“When officers arrived, the suspect had left the scene,” Barnett said. “Officers could hear a man’s voice screaming loudly south of the residence. The man was yelling certain racial slurs and profanities.”

Officers eventually located the man in the 200 block of East Danaher Street, a block south of Foster Street, Barnett said, adding that the man was apparently intoxicated.

Timothy Eric Smogoleski, Jr., of 1209 S. Washington Ave., was arrested by Ludington Police Department for prowling and for being a disorderly person. At some point, Smogoleski had injured himself, Barnett said, so he was transported by ambulance to Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital’s emergency department; Smogoleski was handcuffed to the gurney, Barnett said.

At the hospital, Smogoleski began making derogatory and racial comments, was attempting to grab police officers and hospital personnel, was kicking, and spitting, Barnett said, adding that at one point Smogoleski allegedly threatening to kill one of the police officers when he gets out of jail. Barnett said personnel had to put several spit masks and that deputies from Mason County Sheriff’s Office, and a trooper from Michigan State Police were also called to assist with restraining him. Eventually, Smogoleski was transported to the Mason County Jail.

He was arraigned in 79th District Court Wednesday afternoon and charged with five counts of assault/resisting/obstructing, felonies punishable by up to two years imprisonment and/or a $2,000 fine. Bond was set at $25,000, 10 percent. A probable cause hearing is scheduled in district court for May 31 at 1:15 p.m.

Smogoleski was arrested in February 2016 by Ludington Police Department and charged for assault and battery. In August 2016 he pleaded guilty in district court for the misdemeanor charge of disorderly person – jostling. 

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