2017-02-02 / Courts

Car-deer accidents on the rise

A decrease in snow has prompted deer to get out and travel.

The Leelanau County Sheriff’s Office has handled a number of car-deer accidents over the last few days, including one that involved a Sheriff’s Office patrol vehicle.

A deputy was heading south on Good Harbor Trail at about 8:20 p.m. Saturday when a deer ran out in front of him near Hohnke Road in Centerville Township, according to a report from the Sheriff’s Office.

The deputy clipped the deer, causing damage to the front passenger side of the patrol vehicle.

No one has been injured during the recent car-deer accidents, with all of the collisions causing relatively minor damage.

But deputies are reminding drivers that deer are an ever-present problem for drivers in Leelanau County. They suggest keeping speeds down and watching for deer near roads, especially during low light conditions.

This time of year the deer are traveling in groups, so if you see one crossing the road, slow down. Another is likely to follow.

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A 28-year-old Cedar man was arrested for drunken driving Sunday after the green 1996 GMC pick-up truck he was driving went off the road in Elmwood Township, according to a report from the Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies responded to the accident on East Fouch Road just west of Bugai Road at about 5 p.m., where they found the pick-up on its side.

An investigation showed the pick-up was westbound on East Fouch when the driver lost control, the report said. The pick-up spun around, left the roadway and flipped.

The deputy allegedly detected the smell of alcohol on the driver, who admitted to drinking, the report said.

The driver was found to be intoxicated and was arrested for drunken driving. He was lodged in the Leelanau County Jail.

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A 57-year-old man from New Boston was arrested in Leland Township for drunken driving on Saturday after being stopped for not having his vehicle headlights on, a Sheriff’s Office report said.

The man, who was driving a 2016 gray Jeep, was allegedly spotted by a deputy at about 7:10 p.m. heading south on Manitou Trail at Duck Lake Road.

The deputy stopped the vehicle near Schomberg Road and during contact detected an odor of alcohol, the report said. The deputy determined the driver was intoxicated, the report said. He was arrested for drunken driving and was transported to jail.

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Weather and road conditions appeared to play a part in two separate traffic crashes on Sunday on Schomberg Road, according to a report from the Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies responded to a rollover accident at about 6 p.m. on Schomberg near South Good Harbor Trail in Centerville Township.

An investigation showed a 21-yearold Lake Ann man was heading west on Schomberg in a 2011 Jeep when he was unable to stop for the stop sign, the report said.

The Jeep slid through the intersection and off the west side of Good Harbor before rolling over.

Damage to the Jeep was minor and the driver was uninjured, the report said.

In another incident, deputies responded at about 6:50 p.m. to a single-vehicle accident at the intersection of Schomberg and Dufek in Leland Township.

An investigation showed a 17-yearold woman from Lake Leelanau was westbound on Dufek Road, driving a 2014 Dodge Journey, when she failed to stop for the stop sign at Schomberg, the report said.

The Dodge slid through the intersection and struck the ditch off the west side of Schomberg Road, the report said.

There was minor damage to the vehicle. The driver was transported to Munson Medical Center by Leland Township Fire and Rescue for treatment of minor injuries.

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Two Elmwood Township women were arrested after being pulled over for speeding at about 1:10 a.m. Friday on South West Bay Shore Drive in Greilickville.

After stopping the 2007 silver Toyota, a sheriff’s deputy suspected that the driver, a 40-year-old Elmwood Township woman, was intoxicated.

An investigation led to arrest of the woman for drunken driving, according to a report from the Sheriff’s Office.

During the arrest the woman’s 46-year-old passenger, also of Elmwood Township, exited the vehicle and approached the deputy while he was trying to handcuff the driver, the report said.

The passenger ignored orders from the deputy to stay back, causing the deputy to at one point physically push the woman away, the report said. The deputy arrested her for obstructing a police officer.

Both women were lodged in the Leelanau County Jail.

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