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March 28, 2014

Man faces felony charges for ramming police car

TRAVERSE CITY — A Traverse City man faces felony charges for fleeing a police officer and injuring another after he drove his truck head-on into a police vehicle.

Traverse City Police officers who responded to a report of a possible drunken driver found Scott William Reavely, 37, at the wheel of a stopped vehicle that matched the report’s description near the intersection of Seventh and Maple streets early Tuesday.

The truck rapidly accelerated after officer Adam Verschaeve turned on his emergency lights, according to court documents. It collided head-on with officer Tim Smith’s police vehicle on Maple Street.

Smith was treated at Munson Medical Center for minor back and neck injuries and released.

Reavely was arrested for fleeing a police officer, injuring a police officer and for operating a vehicle while intoxicated. Court documents did not specify his blood-alcohol content.

City Police Capt. Mike Ayling said Reavely was hospitalized until Tuesday at about 5:30 p.m. but it does not appear he treated for any injury sustained in the accident.

Reavely was arraigned by video on Wednesday and has a preliminary exam on April 9.

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