2016-11-03 / Courts

Empire man charged for assault, damaging car

PEJSA PEJSA A 28-year-old Empire Township man was arraigned in 86th District Court on Tuesday on felony charges of malicious destruction of police property and assaulting and resisting a police officer.

The charges stem from his struggling during his arrest and kicking the back door of a county patrol vehicle.

Brian D. Pejsa, of 4958 W. Whispering Pines, is currently being held in the Leelanau County Jail on a $25,000 bond.

On Oct. 23, Leelanau County Sheriff’s deputies were called at about 1:30 p.m. to a home on West Whispering Pines for a domestic disturbance. When they got there they spoke to a man who said he was having trouble with Pejsa, who is his son, according to a report filed by the Sheriff’s Office.

The man told deputies that Pejsa had assaulted him the day before. When deputies talked to Pejsa he allegedly admitted to striking his father, the report said.

While they were arresting Pejsa he resisted and struck or attempted to strike the deputy, the report states. He also kicked and damaged the door of the patrol vehicle, the report said.

Malicious destruction of police property is a four-year felony; assaulting, resisting and obstructing a police officer is a two-year felony.

A probable cause conference has been set for Pejsa for Tuesday, and a preliminary examination on the charges is set for Tuesday, Nov. 15.

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