Traverse City Record-Eagle

Archive: Thursday

April 3, 2014

Deputy's tooth chipped, patrol car soiled

TRAVERSE CITY — A drunken driving arrest in Garfield Township ended with a urine-soaked patrol car and chipped tooth for a sheriff's deputy.

A Grand Traverse County sheriff's deputy arrested a Traverse City woman, 38, early Wednesday morning on operating while intoxicated and resisting and obstructing a police officer charges.

Sheriff's Lt. Brian Giddis said the deputy stopped the woman on Shady Lane and placed her into custody after she refused a Breathalyzer test.

The woman told the deputy she needed to urinate while on the way to Munson Medical Center for a blood draw. The deputy told her not to do so in his patrol car, but she did anyway and once again when they reached the hospital.

Giddis said the woman kicked her feet and splashed urine on both the deputy and a Munson security guard. He said she continued "constantly swearing and using vulgar language" and made a sudden movement while being restrained that chipped the deputy's tooth.

"We don't know what her blood-alcohol content is because we're waiting for her blood test results to come back," Giddis said.

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