Deputy Attacked While Arresting Drunk Driver
There’s something to be said for sticking up for your wife. It’s a very noble gesture, and has earned many husbands over the years substantial brownie points. But there are times when it just isn’t such a good idea, regardless of how much you may love her. Like when she’s getting arrested. Because cops tend to frown on that kind of behavior.
They certainly did in the case of a Traverse City man, who attempted to stick up for his wife during her drunk driving arrest, and got himself tased and arrested as a result. The fact that the deputy involved was hurt during the incident probably didn’t help matters much either.
It happened late on a Monday night, when deputies were alerted to the fact that there was a suspected drunk driver leaving a bar in downtown Traverse City. Officers intercepted the driver on Old Mission Peninsula, and pulled her over. But the woman’s husband, who was in the vehicle with her, wasn’t going to let his wife go down without a fight.
The man interfered with the deputy during the arrest, which caused a second deputy to step in and try to diffuse the situation. The deputy warned the man to step back and allow the first officer to do his job, however, the man became aggressive and tried to put the second deputy in a headlock. This didn’t go over well at all. The man ended up getting tased and then arrested for assaulting an officer.
The woman, a 34-year-old, was arrested for driving with a blood alcohol level of over .17, which means that she will likely be charged for “super drunk” driving. But her 36-year-old husband was arrested for resisting arrest, and for assaulting an officer.
The officer in question was taken to Munson Medical Center in order to have his finger treated. It had been sprained in the assault. The arrested couple has not yet been identified.