Traverse City Record-Eagle


March 23, 2013

Deputy: Driver resisted arrest

TRAVERSE CITY — A Traverse City woman is accused of resisting arrest.

Court records say Sheryl Sue Cameron, 68, swore and yelled at a Grand Traverse sheriff’s deputy who pulled her over on March 17 — St. Patrick’s Day — to write her a traffic ticket.

Grand Traverse County Prosecutor Bob Cooney said the deputy was traveling west on Parson Road behind Cameron’s van when she made an abrupt lane change at the Hastings Street and cut across two vehicles.

He said the deputy stopped her on Fern Street and asked why she passed the two vehicles.

“She said, ‘They were going 5 miles per hour,’” he said.

Cooney said Cameron also swore at the deputy before she sped off with her driver’s side door open. The deputy pulled her over a second time and she refused to get into his vehicle. Traverse City Police Department officers had to assist in getting her inside.

Court records show the woman grabbed at one officer’s duty weapon.

Cameron’s attorney, Jesse Williams, made what he called a “standard demand” for a jury trial at her Wednesday arraignment on a felony count of resisting a law enforcement officer. He said it would be “premature” to comment before the discovery process is completed.

“I haven’t gone through the information thoroughly,” he said.

He did say he understood that the deputy was off-duty and out of uniform when he made the stop.

Cooney said the police report doesn’t mention whether the deputy was off-duty, but didn’t think it made a difference.

“We assume our officers are working all the time,” he said.

A preliminary examination is scheduled for April 11 in 86th District Court.

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