DEERFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Deputies in Isabella County said they arrested a naked man who was running in and out of traffic and claimed to be on meth at the time.
Sheriff’s deputies said several 911 calls were made by drivers who saw the man running through traffic on M-20 Saturday afternoon. Deputies said they later learned the man attempted to get into two vehicles driving in the area. A family of four, including a 3-year-old child and 3-month-old infant were in one vehicle. A woman in another vehicle told authorities the man was yelling at her while fondling himself.
When police arrived, the 32-year-old man refused orders to get on the ground and approached a deputy who attempted to tase the man.
The taser missed and the suspect walked aggressively toward a second deputy who successfully tased the man, according to a release from the Isabella County Sheriff’s Department.
Authorities said the man was “aggressively resisting” arrest after being brought down to the ground and later told deputies he was on meth.
The man’s name is not being released until his arraignment.
DEERFIELD TOWNSHIP, MI — Police on Saturday, March 26, arrested a man they say ran naked through traffic and attempted to enter two occupied vehicles.
Isabella County sheriff’s officials allege the man, whom deputies arrested after twice deploying a Taser, said he was under the influence of methamphetamine.
Sheriff’s deputies about 1 p.m. Saturday responded to reports of a “disorderly, naked man” running in and out of traffic in the area of West M-20 and Winn Road in Deerfield Township, according to an Isabella County Sheriff’s Department news release.
Deputies learned the 32-year-old man, whose name is withheld pending charges and arraignment, attempted to enter two vehicles that were traveling in the area, the release states. The first vehicle was occupied by a husband, wife, a 3-year-old child, and a three-month-old infant, the release states.
The driver refused to open the door despite the naked man’s demands, drove away, and called 911, police stated. He told authorities the man fell and that he may have run over his foot, the release states.
The release alleges the naked man approached another vehicle and yelled at the female driver while grabbing his penis.
When deputies found the man, they commanded him several times to get on the ground so they could safely restrain him, but he refused and began to walk away, the release states. After taking a few short steps, he turned toward one of the deputies and started walking toward him, the release states.
A deputy told the man he would use a Taser to subdue him if he did not comply, police stated. The man then told the deputy to use the Taser, the release states.
The deputy deployed the Taser “after failed verbal attempts and aggressive behavior,” but it did not make adequate contact with the man and did not have any effect on him, the release states.
The man then began to aggressively approach the second deputy, the release states. The second deputy deployed his Taser, bringing the man to the ground, police stated. Both deputies attempted to handcuff the man, who was aggressively resisting, the release states.
During the struggle, the man told them he was on methamphetamine, the release alleges. Eventually, deputies restrained him in handcuffs and placed him in the rear seat of a patrol unit. After the man banged his head on the windows, deputies restrained him further to protect him, the release states.
The deputies were not injured during the altercation, but one suffered damage to his uniform, the release states.
A deputy and a Michigan State Police trooper checked the man’s residence, which was located nearby, the release states. They entered the home “for health and safety reasons” and found a broken window, an open door, a “large sum of cash” and a cell phone on the ground, the release states.
Medical personnel transported the man to a McLaren emergency room for evaluation and injury assessment, the release states.