2016-12-29 / Courts

Three ways to spend Christmas in jail, all related to drinking


DRUNKEN DRIVING charges are being sought on a 28-yearold Northport man who was sent to the hospital on Christmas Eve after crashing his SUV into a tree. DRUNKEN DRIVING charges are being sought on a 28-yearold Northport man who was sent to the hospital on Christmas Eve after crashing his SUV into a tree. The Leelanau County Sheriff’s Office is seeking charges against a 28-year-old Northport driver involved in a traffic crash at about 6:30 on Christmas Eve in Leelanau Township.

Deputies and Leelanau Township Emergency Services responded to the single-vehicle traffic crash on Kilcherman Road near Sugarbush Road. They found a 2011 white Toyota SUV with substantial front-end damage, according to a report from the Sheriff’s Office.

An investigation determined the Toyota was traveling north on Kilcherman Road when the driver lost control of the vehicle, which left the roadway and struck a tree.

The man was transported to Munson Medical Center for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

Alcohol is believed to be a factor in the crash, the report said.

A report has been filed with the Prosecutor’s Office requesting a charge of operating while intoxicated against the driver.

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A 21-year-old Traverse City man was arrested for his second drunken driving charge, but not before he led police on a chase from McKeese Road to North Jacobson Road.

That’s where he lost control of his vehicle and drove into a snow bank, according to a Sheriff’s Office report.

Leelanau County Sheriff’s deputies were called at about 11:50 p.m. Saturday to assist Grand Traverse Band Tribal Police, who began the pursuit on the reservation, according to a Sheriff’s Office report.

The chase allegedly started when the driver fled from Tribal Police as they attempted to stop him for speeding.

The 21-year old, who was driving a white Chrysler, was detained at the scene along with his passenger until deputies arrived, the report said.

An investigation showed the driver was intoxicated, with his blood alcohol level at more than twice the legal limit, the report said. He was also driving on a suspended license.

The man was arrested on both charges.

He was also wanted on a Michigan Department of Corrections warrant for absconding his parole for a previous conviction of fleeing and eluding a police officer, the report said. He was lodged in the Leelanau County Jail.

Tribal Police will also submit a warrant request on a charge of fleeing and eluding.

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A 21-year-old Northport man with 12 outstanding warrants for various offenses was arrested last Thursday, Dec. 22, after deputies were called to a domestic assault at a home in Leelanau Township.

The man, who was arrested on a domestic violence charge, was also found to be in possession of two unregistered handguns, according to a report.

Deputies responded to the call at about 4:45 p.m. in the 11000 block of Omena Road on a report of a domestic assault. Upon arrival, deputies identified the 21-year-old suspect, who was intoxicated and became upset when his 22-year-old girlfriend tried to leave the residence, the report said.

The man allegedly grabbed her by the hair and pulled her to the ground, striking her several times in the face. The assault was witnessed by a bystander who intervened, pulling the man off the victim, the report said.

The man was arrested for domestic assault, second offense. His 12 outstanding misdemeanor warrants had been issued by 86th District Court for various offenses.

He was lodged in the Leelanau County Jail.

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