Drunk driving suspect kicks, head butts officer

June 12, 2023

Drunk driving suspect kicks, head butts officer

HAMLIN TOWNSHIP — A 19-year-old Ludington man was arrested by a Michigan State Police trooper from the Hart post Saturday, June 10, shortly after 10:30 p.m. following a vehicle crash on Lakeshore Drive near Jagger Road, according to MSP Sgt. Craig Willea.

The suspect assaulted a 25-year-old Ludington police officer during his arrest on Atkinson Drive, said Cpt. Steve Wietrzykowski. “The LPD officer was helping a Michigan State Police trooper arrest the 19-year-old for driving while intoxicated. The LPD officer was kicked and head butted by the 19-year-old during the arrest.” The officer was not injured.

The man faces charges of operating with a high blood alcohol content/super drunk driving, failure to report an accident, assaulting/resisting/obstructing police and a civil infraction of minor in possession of alcohol, said Sgt Willea. 

He was lodged in the Mason County Jail.

The following is other police activity in Mason County over the weekend:

Friday, June 9, 2023:

  • 1:38 a.m., (Mason County Sheriff’s Office), car/deer crash, no injury, US 31 south of Sugar Grove Road, Sherman Township.
  • 9:44 am., (MCSO), a 39-year-old Scottville man was arrested on a felony child abuse warrant issued by MCSO and for a charge of assaulting/resisting/obstructing police, 100 block of East State Street, City of Scottville. “During the arrest, the suspect struggled with deputies by actively resisting,” said Mason County Sheriff Kim Cole. 
  • 11:05 a.m., (MCSO), two-vehicle crash, no injury, US 31 off-ramp to US 10, Amber Township.
  • 8:20 p.m., (MCSO), car/deer crash, no injury, Free Soil Road west of Reid Road, Meade Township.

Saturday, June 10, 2023:

  • 5:20 a.m., (MCSO), car/deer crash, no injury, US 31 south of Free Soil Road, Free Soil Township.
  • 12:20 p.m., (MCSO), two-vehicle crash, no injury, Birch Street south of Beech Street, Hamlin Township.
  • 1:50 p.m., (MCSO), car/deer crash, no injury, US 31 freeway north of the Pere Marquette Highway overpass, Pere Marquette Township.
  • 4:45 p.m., (MSP), a 57-year-old Lake City, Michigan man was cited for driving while license suspended, US 10 near Taylor Road, Branch Township.

Sunday, June 11, 2023:

  • 1:06 a.m., (LPD), a 23-year-old Ludington man was arrested for disorderly person/public intoxication, 100 block of East Foster Street, City of Ludington. He was lodged in the Mason County Jail.
  • 2:14 a.m., (MSP), a 30-year-old Ludington man was cited for operating without insurance, South Pere Marquette Highway near West US 10, Pere Marquette Township. A felony charge of methamphetamine possession is pending lab analysis of the substance.
  • 2:57 a.m., (LPD), a 51-year-old Ludington woman was arrested on an outstanding warrant issued in Muskegon County for larceny in a building, 900 block of East Ludington Avenue, City of Ludington. She was lodged in the Mason County Jail.
  • 10:30 a.m., (MCSO), one-vehicle crash, no injury, Victory Corners Road north of Decker Road, Victory Township.
  • 2:32 p.m., (MCSO), one-vehicle crash, no injury, Masten Road north of Washington Road, Logan Township.

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