2017-02-16 / Courts

Family fight could be expensive

Fighting while driving

The Leelanau County Sheriff’s Office arrested a 37-year-old Cedar woman whose vehicle had been pulled off the road at about 1 a.m. Sunday in Elmwood Township.

The deputy had been patrolling M-72 near Carter Road when she saw the vehicle, according to a report from the Sheriff’s Office. She made contact with the woman, who was standing next to the vehicle, the report said.

The woman told the deputy that she and her husband, a 37-year-old Cedar man, were on their way home when they started to argue. The vehicle was pulled over and the husband got out to walk home, the report said.

While speaking to the woman the deputy allegedly detected alcohol on her breath.

Another deputy located the husband, who was a short distance away on M-72, the report said. The husband told the deputy that he and his wife had been out drinking and his wife was driving them home, the report said.

An argument started, the man told police, and the wife allegedly struck him in the face and pulled his hair. The husband was able to restrain his wife and get the vehicle stopped, at which time he got out and walked away, the report said.

The husband had injuries to his face consistent with being struck, but did not require medical attention, the report said.

The woman was found to be drunk and allegedly admitted to driving. She was arrested for domestic assault and drunken driving and was taken to the Leelanau County Jail.

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Green flashing or oscillating lights are being used on some Leelanau County Road Commission plow trucks, according to the Sheriff’s office. However, reports have been made that the lights are being used also on private snow removal trucks.

The state law that allows the use of green-colored warning lights restricts their use to state, county or municipal vehicles engaged in the removal of ice, snow or other material from highways. They may also use them while engaged in non-winter operations.

Only government roadway maintenance vehicles can legally operate with green warning lights.

Several private snowplow trucks have been seen with the green lights, according to the Sheriff’s office.

Private individuals using the green lights can be cited with a 90-day misdemeanor as outlined in the law.

Amber is still the legal color for warning lights on private plow trucks.

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