Traverse City Record-Eagle

January 10, 2014

Man takes swing at UPS driver

BY MICHELLE MERLIN
mmerlin@record-eagle.com

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TRAVERSE CITY — A Kalkaska motorist is suspected of rear ending a United Parcel Service truck with his car, then taking a swing at the truck's driver.

The man, 44, was driving a vehicle that struck the UPS truck around 4 p.m. yesterday on South Long Lake Road in Green Lake Township, said Lt. Brian Giddis from the Grand Traverse County Sheriff’s Department.

The UPS driver told deputies the man took a swing at him before driving away. The UPS driver was unharmed.

Police found the suspect’s Dodge Neon near the accident scene and tracked a set of footprints leading away from the car and into the woods. They found the suspect and his male passenger, 19, two miles away, Giddis said.

The suspect was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving, hit and run, assault and providing alcohol to a minor. The younger man was cited for possession of alcohol and released.

The suspect is currently in the Grand Traverse County jail. His arraignment is scheduled for this afternoon. The man's name won’t be released until he appears in court,

Read more details in Saturday's Record-Eagle.