2017-07-20 / Courts

Hot tub incident lands S-B man in jail

A 68-year-old Suttons Bay man was arrested on three counts of assault and battery after grabbing, punching and kicking three women who were in a hot tub at a residential condominium complex Saturday in Suttons Bay Village, according to a report from the Leelanau County Sheriff’s Office.

The three women, all of whom were in their 20s, were enjoying a hot tub at North Dockside Circle when they were approached at about 12:15 a.m. by a man who told them that they needed to leave, the report said.

The women told sheriff’s deputies that the man left and then returned a short time later. He grabbed one of the women and tried to pull her from the hot tub, the report said. A second woman tried to intervene, but the man punched her in the mouth, she told police.

The man then kicked and knocked down the third woman in the hot tub, the report said.

The victims told police another man intervened and the women were able to get away from the area and call 911.

The victims, who all reside downstate, include a 22-year-old from Riley who had injuries to her mouth; a 25-year-old from Byron Center who had injuries from being kicked in the side of her body; and a 23-year-old from Port Huron who had scratches on her body and a torn bathing suit top, according to the report.

The 68-year-old suspect was lodged in the Leelanau County Jail.


A 30-year-old man and a 20-yearold woman, both of Grand Rapids, were taken to Munson Medical Center on Sunday after showing signs of distress from taking LSD, according to a report from the Sheriff’s Office.

Two others, a 31-year-old man and a 36-year-old man, were arrested after several people fled from a vehicle after being stopped in Solon Township, the report said.

The incident took place at about 2 a.m., when a deputy attempted to stop a 2005 Ford F250 pick-up truck for speeding on M-72 near Cedar Run Road.

The pick-up failed to stop and instead sped away before abruptly pulling into a driveway, the report said. Once the truck was stopped, six people fled the vehicle on foot. An extensive search located all of the occupants except the driver.

During the investigation, alcohol, prescription medicine and LSD were located in the vehicle, the report said.

The 36-year-old driver was found in Grand Traverse County walking on foot and was arrested on outstanding warrants. He was later transferred to the Leelanau County Jail and lodged on charges of fleeing and eluding, the report said.

The 31-year-old was arrested for possession of marijuana and other drugs, including LSD. He was also lodged in jail.


A woman was arrested at Johnson Park in Empire Township after getting her vehicle stuck in the sand, according to a report from the Sheriff’s Office.

The incident took place at about 10 p.m. Monday, when deputies were sent to the park to investigate a report of a black Dodge Stratus that was stuck.

Deputies found several men assisting the woman, who it was found had been drinking alcohol, the report stated. She was driving through the park when she got stuck, it continued.

The woman was arrested for suspicion of operating a vehicle while intoxicated, the report said. Once in the patrol car she became unruly and attempted to kick out the vehicle windows.

She was restrained and taken to Munson Medical Center for a court-ordered blood draw, the report said.

She was then lodged in jail for drunken driving, second offense and for driving on a suspended license, second offense.


The Sheriff’s Office arrested a 56-year-old Texas woman at about 1:20 a.m. Tuesday after she was involved in a rollover accident in Leland.

Deputies and fire and rescue personnel responded to the intersection of River and Chandler streets, where they found a 2015 white Kia on its roof in the middle of the road with the female driver still inside.

The woman had minor injuries, but would not cooperate with medical personnel or the deputy, the report said. She was assisted out of the vehicle and a strong odor of alcohol was detected, the report continued.

She told deputies she had hit another vehicle and rolled over, the report said, and admitted to being drunk.

An investigation showed she was traveling on River Street when she struck a parked vehicle and rolled over. After a trip to Munson for a court-ordered blood test she was arrested for drunken driving and taken to jail.


A 30-year-old Florida man was arrested for drunken driving on Friday after being stopped for driving erratically in Suttons Bay Township, according to a Sheriff’s Office report.

Just past midnight a deputy patrolling M-204 spotted the man’s gray Toyota veering across the road and made a traffic stop, the report said.

The deputy allegedly detected a strong odor of alcohol and arrested the driver on suspicion of operating a vehicle intoxicated.

The man was taken to jail.


A 21-year-old Thompsonville man and a 70-year-old Traverse City man escaped serious injury July 11 when the younger man, who was driving, swerved and rolled his vehicle to avoid hitting the older man, who was on a trike, according to information from the Sheriff’s Office.

The accident took place at about 1:30 p.m. at the TART Trail crossing on South Lake Leelanau Drive north of East Lakeview Hills Road in Elmwood Township.

Upon arrival, deputies found the 21-year-old driver out of the vehicle but with an injury to his arm, according to the report. He was taken to Munson Medical Center for treatment, the report said.

The driver told deputies that as he was traveling south approaching the TART crossing, the 70-year-old crossed the road in front of him. The driver lost control of his vehicle, left the east side of the road, slid down an embankment and rolled over, the report said.

The 70-year-old bicyclist told deputies that as he was crossing he heard screeching tires, but when he looked back did not see anything and so continued, the report said.

The TART Trail is marked with stop signs, with vehicular traffic having the right-of-way.

The investigation determined that because of the low style of the bike the 70-year-old man was riding and the slope of the road looking north from the TART trail, he did not see the vehicle coming south, the report said.

The 21-year-old was also traveling at a high rate of speed, well above the 55 mph speed limit, the report said. He was not ticketed because of the difficulty in being able to see the bicycle rider, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Elmwood Fire and Rescue also responded to the accident.

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