Mancelona, MI – Michigan State Police are in a standoff with a man who allegedly threw hot coffee in a Petoskey officer’s face on Thursday and then led police on a chase through three counties with children in his car.
The incident began at about 8:30 a.m. on Aug. 27 when an officer from the Petoskey Department of Public Safety responded to a complaint about a vehicle that had been swerving in Emmet County, the Detroit Free Press reported.
Petoskey Department of Public Safety Director Matthew Breed said 911 dispatchers had put out a “be on the lookout” advisory to officers for a pickup truck that was driving erratically.
Director Breed said a Petoskey officer spotted the suspect vehicle parked at the BP gas station located on Spring Street south of U.S. 31, the Detroit Free Press reported.
He said the officer made contact with the driver who acted in an uncooperative manner that indicated he might try to drive away.
The officer told the driver he wasn’t free to go yet as the man tried to leave, the Detroit Free Press reported.
Director Breed said that when the officer reached into the truck to try and turn off the vehicle, the driver threw the hot coffee he had just purchased at the BP station into the officer’s face.
Then he drove away, the Detroit Free Press reported.
Director Breed said a second officer was arriving as the suspect took off, and he spotted a child in the fleeing vehicle.
He said the officers pursued the suspect vehicle at “moderate” speeds south on U.S. 31 through Antrim County, but then they called off the chase when he crossed into Charlevoix County because they thought they had figured out who he was, the Detroit Free Press reported.
The officer who was doused with hot coffee was transported to McLaren Northern Michigan Hospital for evaluation, the Detroit Free Press reported.
Director Breed said the officer had been treated for first-degree burns on his face and released.
The public safety director said that a Michigan State Police trooper spotted the truck a little while later and followed it.
Michigan State Police announced on social media that they were in a standoff with the driver near Mancelona at about 10:30 a.m., the Detroit Free Press reported.
Police are at a standoff in Mancelona with a man who assaulted a Petoskey Public Safety Officer and lead officers on a chase to Antrim County. The officer is being treated at a local hospital. pic.twitter.com/htG0xdKn4o— @MSPNorthernMI (@mspnorthernmi) August 27, 2020
“The suspect has several children in the vehicle with him and is not communicating with police. He is calling news outlets,” the state police added in a second post.
Michigan State Police later said their negotiator was speaking with the suspect, MLive reported.
Police have not said whether they think the suspect has a weapon.
A Police stand-off is currently happening in Mancelona with a man who assaulted a Petoskey Public Safety Office, a chase would led to Antrim County. US-131 is closed between Elder Road and Leonard Road. If you are in the area, you are asked to proceed with caution. @upnorthlive pic.twitter.com/9WozpvWUzc— Cole Martens (@ColeMartensNews) August 27, 2020
HAPPENING NOW: Multiple agencies in Mancelona are in a standoff with a man who assaulted a Petoskey police officer. Children are with the man in his car. We have the details live at @9and10News at Noon. pic.twitter.com/syMl8MODkB— Chloe Kiple (@chloekipleTV910) August 27, 2020
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