2018-03-15 / Courts

Altercation ends in driver’s arrest

A deputy checking on a vehicle that had stopped in the roadway allegedly discovered an intoxicated driver and four minors in possession of alcohol.

Shortly after midnight Saturday morning a deputy patrolling South Lake Leelanau Drive observed a 2015 black Jeep stopped near Morio Road in Bingham Township.

The Jeep had its hazard lights on, and three males were standing on a nearby snow bank. Two females were still seated in the vehicle.

The deputy discovered that a 19-year-old man was driving his four passengers northbound on South Lake Leelanau Drive when the two female passengers began to fight. The driver pulled over and the three males exited the Jeep.

When the deputy checked on the females, everything had calmed down but a bottle of wine was seen on the rear floor of the vehicle.

No one on the scene was 21 years of age.

The 19-year-old male driver, who was from Northport, was placed under arrest for suspicion of operating a vehicle while intoxicated. He was lodged in the Leelanau County Jail.

Two males from Suttons Bay — one 18 and the other 20 — and two females from Suttons Bay, ages 17 and 18, were all cited for being minors in possession of alcohol.

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A 60-year-old Suttons Bay man was arrested last weekend after a complaint of a disorderly person in Suttons Bay Township.

Deputies were called at 9:23 Friday morning to a party store in reference a disorderly person.

Deputies found the suspect sitting in the driver’s seat of his 2017 black Chevrolet pick-up truck. During their investigation, they learned that the subject had driven to the location and was intoxicated.

He was placed under arrest for operating while intoxicated (OWI), third offense. He was transported to Munson Medical for medical evaluation.

The driver has two prior convictions for OWI. One in Traverse City which dates back to 2006 and a second in Leelanau County recorded in 2015.

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