TRAVERSE CITY — Lyrics became fighting words for a family driving on a Grand Traverse County roadway.
A pop song led to an altercation and man's arrest on Saturday at about 2:30 p.m., when sheriff's deputies were dispatched to look for two people fighting in a white car on U.S. 31 North in Acme Township. A deputy found a 21-year-old Traverse City man and his 41-year-old mother, of Wyoming, Mich., who matched the caller's description of an argumentative pair.
"(The man) indicated that a Justin Bieber song came on the radio," county sheriff's Capt. Randy Fewless said. "A verbal argument ensued regarding certain lyrics."
The man and woman started arguing while they were driving, Fewless said. The woman, who was driving, pulled over during the argument. She then climbed into the back seat to tell her son not to be disrespectful in front of his 70-year-old grandmother, who was also in the car along with a 17-year-old girl.
The woman told deputies the man choked her and then got out of the car. Deputies arrested him on suspicion of domestic assault and sent him to the county's jail.