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Police: Man drives to jail, threatens cops

James David Dickson
The Detroit News

A 41-year-old Brandon Township man is in police custody after allegedly driving to the Oakland County Jail and threatening sheriff’s deputies Tuesday morning in Pontiac, authorities said.

It was 11:11 a.m. when the man drove up to the loading dock gate of the jail, exited his vehicle, and allegedly told sheriff’s deputies, who were just getting off work, that he was going to kill them, according the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office. Then he got back in his car and fled.

Authorities issued a BOLO — be on the lookout — and Waterford Township police soon found the man leaving the parking lot of the Kia of Waterford car dealership on Elizabeth Lake Road, the sheriff’s office said. The man was driving in the direction of the jail, which is on North Telegraph Road, when Waterford police stopped him and turned him over to the sheriff’s office.

Inside his car, police found prescription pill bottles, a butterfly knife and a throwing star, according to the sheriff’s office.

The incident remains under investigation; the gate was only scratched.

jdickson@detroitnews.com