POLICE BLOTTER: Officers make drunk driving arrests; investigate domestic complaints

BIG RAPIDS — Big Rapids Department of Public Safety officers responded to the following calls recently. All calls might not be reported.


• Officers performed school traffic detail at 7:55 a.m.

• Police assisted deputies from the Mecosta County Sheriff’s Office at 11:29 a.m with a warrant arrest transportation on the 1100 block of Henderson Street.

• Officers were dispatched to a domestic complaint at 4:04 p.m. on the 1200 block on Darwin Avenue. A report will be submitted for charges.

• At 5:25 p.m., police performed an area check for a fight in progress on Michigan Avenue and Hemlock Street. A severely autistic man had an outburst and became agitated. The father got him outside and had to restrain him.

• Officers assisted MCSO deputies with an inmate having a medical emergency.


• Police performed school traffic detail at 7:30 a.m.

• A two-car traffic crash occurred at 11:21 p.m. at State Street and Knollview Drive.

• Officers were dispatched to the 120 block of Darwin for a civil complaint between a husband and a wife. A short time later, officers were dispatched to the 900 block of Henderson for the man knocking on windows. Officers saw him and he began to run through the tall grass. An officer gave chase and caught him. He was arrested and lodged at the Mecosta County Jail for trespassing and resisting and obstructing an officer.

• A minor traffic crash occurred at 1:46 p.m. at Clark and Morrison Avenue.

• At 5:28 p.m., police responded to a suspicious situation complaint at Parkview. A tenant thought she heard someone in the apartment, and saw a suspicious vehicle near the parking lot. The woman is having problems with an ex.

• Officers were dispatched for a domestic complaint at 6:44 p.m. on the 300 block of South Michigan. Both the man and woman claimed to have been assaulted by each other. There was no evidence of either being the aggressor or being assaulted. The woman had a place to stay for a few days and left. The report was turned over to the Mecosta County Prosecutor’s Office for review.

• A traffic stop at 11:39 p.m. resulted in a 24-year-old man being arrested for operating while intoxicated with a high blood alcohol concentration.


• At 12:15 a.m., the traffic cones by Michigan and Hemlock had been thrown in the roadway.

• A be-on-the-lookout was issued at 1:08 a.m. for a possible intoxicated driver on the 1200 block of Perry Avenue. Officers were unable to locate the vehicle.

• Police were dispatched to a disorderly complaint on the 100 block of South Michigan. A 22-year-old man refused to leave the bar. He left the property when an officer arrived.

• A traffic stop at 2:24 a.m. on North Stewart Avenue and Maple Street resulted in a 28-year-old man being arrested for operating while intoxicated.

• At 9:26 a.m., a passerby reported an open door of a residence on the 800 block of Olaf Street. The door was locked, but not pulled all the way shut. Officers walked through the house but nothing was suspicious.

• Officers performed an area check at 5:58 p.m. on the 600 block of Bjornson Street.

• Police performed an area check for a vehicle driving recklessly, which was last seen at the Rite Aid parking lot. The area was checked, but police were unable to locate the vehicle.

• Officers assisted a motorist at 7:39 a.m. at State and Perry.

• A traffic stop at 8 p.m. resulted in a 31-year-old woman being cited for operating on a suspended driver’s license.

• Police assisted deputies from the MCSO at 10:40 p.m. as they attempted to locate a suspect.

• Officers were dispatched to a noise complaint at 11:58 p.m. on the 400 block of Maple. The tenant was issued a noise warning.


• While clearing the noise complaint, officers observed a man at 12:10 a.m. walking east on Maple carrying a realty sign. Once he noticed he had been seen, the 19-year-old man tossed the sign into the bushes and continued walking. Once officers made contact, he provided officers with back-to-back fake IDs and was subsequently arrested. He was found to have alcohol. The man was lodged at the jail for providing a false ID to police and cited for minor in possession (MIP) of alcohol.

• Police were dispatched at 12:46 a.m. for a suspicious complaint, called in as an unlawful driving away of an automobile. An 18-year-old man reported his vehicle stolen from City Lot 2 around 10:30 p.m. Saturday. He advised he believed the vehicle was last parked in the back portion of Lot 2. After checking the area, the vehicle was located by an officer on Spruce Street near North Warren Avenue. The man was advised about the location of the vehicle and he remembered he had parked it there.

• At 12:52 a.m., a car struck two pedestrians at Oak and State streets. A 20-year-old woman was traveling west on Oak. While turning onto State, she struck two pedestrians within the crosswalk. The man and woman reported no injuries and refused medical services after the incident. The driver was cited for failing to yield to pedestrians.

• Officers cited a 20-year-old woman for MIP on the 100 block of South Michigan.

• Police performed a well-being check on a woman at 11:38 a.m. at Parkview. Neighbors had not seen the woman for days. She was checked on and was fine.

• A traffic crash occurred at 12:04 p.m. at State and Perry.

• Officers were dispatched to a civil complaint at 1:15 p.m. on the 100 block of West Madison Street. The caller arrived to pick up her children from her ex, who refused to give them to her. She requested a report for Friend of the Court purposes.

• A traffic stop on the 1100 block of Catherine Street led to a 38-year-old man being arrested for violating his probation for being under the influence of alcohol.


• Officers performed school traffic details at 7:58 a.m.

• A traffic crash occurred at 11:57 a.m. at State and Perry. The at-fault driver was cited for violating basic speed laws.

• At 11:05 a.m., officers were called for assistance on the 200 block of Escott Street.

• Officers responded to a fraud complaint at 1:35 p.m. on the 800 block of Country Way. Parents of a girl, who are now her legal guardians, wanted to report her boyfriend used her debit card over a six-week period while she was away. The case remains open pending interviews.

• Officers were called to investigate possible counterfeit bills at 4:47 p.m. on the 300 block of Bridge Street. The bills appeared to be legitimate.

• At 6:43 p.m., a 35-year-old woman called and advised she had a warrant and wished to be picked up on it. After arriving and several attempts to get her to come to the door, she finally did. She stated her husband had held her down to prevent her from leaving, after she tried to leave during an argument. She had called about her warrant because he wouldn’t let her out of the hotel room. She was arrested on her warrant.

• Officers assisted the Ferris State University Department of Public Safety at 11:23 p.m. with a traffic stop on the 1000 block of Perry Avenue.


• At 1:58 a.m., a traffic stop on the 1000 block of Perry led to a 29-year-old man being arrested for operating while intoxicated.


Posted by Brandon Fountain

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