BY MATT TROUTMAN firstname.lastname@example.org
Traverse City Record-Eagle
---- — TRAVERSE CITY — A trail of 911 calls led to an East Jordan man’s arrest on allegations he punched and choked his girlfriend in a protracted assault that spanned two parking lots along South Airport Road, authorities said.
Alan Ronald Olund, 33, faces felony charges of domestic violence third offense and assault by strangulation. The victim, 38, of Gaylord, was found bloodied and crying in the Cherryland Center parking lot on Saturday.
“She said, ‘He was punching me in my face,’” the police report states. “She also said, ‘He choked me, I felt like I was going to black out.’ She told (a deputy), ‘I thought I was going to die.’”
Grand Traverse County sheriff’s Capt. Randy Fewless said deputies initially were dispatched about 7:55 p.m. to the Wal-Mart parking lot where a witness reported seeing a crying woman by a pickup truck, but found neither. Another call from the Wal-Mart at 9:23 p.m. reported a possible domestic assault in a similar vehicle.
The final 911 call came from the Cherryland Center parking lot at 9:35 p.m. in which a witness reported seeing a truck “fly over” through the parking lot, a woman hanging out an open door trying to get out and a “very drunk” man walk away, the police report states.
Fewless said deputies arrived to find the victim with cuts, swelling and red marks on her face and neck. He said deputies interviewed the victim and spotted a man matching the suspect’s description nearby.
“Deputies (told) him to stop, he refused the command and was swearing at officers,” Fewless said. “At one point, he turned to officers and was in a combative stance.”
Fewless said Olund continued to resist and protest his arrest by unsuccessfully trying to kick out the patrol car’s windows and was “rude” and uncooperative during a blood draw at Munson Medical Center. A preliminary breath test showed a .13 percent blood-alcohol content.
Grand Traverse County Prosecutor Bob Cooney said Olund will be arraigned in 86th District Court on additional charges of resisting arrest, operating while intoxicated and open alcohol container in a motor vehicle. Olund is in Grand Traverse County jail on a $50,000 cash bond and could spent up to 10 years in prison if convicted.
Fewless said the witnesses who made the 911 calls did the right thing.
“The best thing for any citizen to do when in a situation when somebody’s safety is in jeopardy is to be the very best witness they can,” he said. “We don’t ask them to get involved but ask them to call 911 and give the best information they can to make the situation safe.”