2017-01-26 / Courts

Couple allegedly caused damage by driving vehicle on airport land

The Leelanau County Sheriff’s Office is requesting an arrest warrant for a Traverse City couple who allegedly drove onto the Woolsey Airport property in Leelanau Township, causing minor damage.

According to a report from the Sheriff’s Office, the Traverse City husband and wife, ages 54 and 51, were hiking near the Woolsey Airport on Sunday when their dog ran away.

While looking for the dog, the couple allegedly decided to drive their 2015 Ford pick-up onto the airport property, eventually getting stuck.

The couple called a family member for a ride and then returned the next day in a second vehicle, the report said. While trying to pull out the first vehicle, that second vehicle also got stuck.

‘No trespassing’ signs are posted at the airport, which is also off-limits to motor vehicles.

The couple’s driving onto the property allegedly caused minor damage to the wet turf areas on the airport.

A report has been forwarded to the county prosecutor for review and possible criminal charges for trespassing.

The lost dog was located, the report said.

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A 30-year-old Traverse City man was arrested for driving on a suspended license after being pulled over in Elmwood Township for an equipment violation, according to a report from the Sheriff’s Office.

A deputy patrolling M-22 pulled the 30-year-old over at about 11:30 p.m. Saturday near Cherry Bend Road.

The man, who was driving a 2004 Chevrolet pick-up truck, was arrested after the deputy learned the man’s license had been suspended for some time and that he had four previous convictions for the same offense, the report said. He also had several alcohol-related convictions, the report said.

The man was arrested for driving on a suspended license and was lodged in the Leelanau County Jail.

The vehicle was released to the passenger.

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A 54-year-old Cedar man was ticketed following a three-car crash that tipped over a propane tanker headed west on M-72 in Solon Township last week.

A police investigation determined that Jeffrey Stachnik, who was driving a 2014 Chevrolet pick-up truck, was heading south on South Cedar Road when he failed to yield to cross traffic on M-72, according to a report from the Sheriff’s Office.

The crash took place at about 7:35 a.m. last Wednesday, Jan. 18, at the intersection of M-72 and South Cedar Road. Stachnik pulled onto M-72 and struck the Tri-Gas propane tanker, flipping it onto its side, the report said.

The tanker then slid west for a distance on the road. During the collision a 2009 Honda that had been heading east on M-72 sustained damage from flying debris, the report said.

Fog may have been a factor in the accident, the report said. Road conditions were reported as wet, but not icy.

The highway was closed for about two hours while the propane truck was righted. No one was injured in the traffic crash, the report said.

Stachnik was cited for failing to yield to traffic, the report said.

The Michigan State Police and Cedar Area Fire and Rescue also responded to the accident.

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