Officials: Pontiac man hurt deputy resisting arrest

Mark Hicks
The Detroit News

A 23-year-old man is facing charges after resisting arrest Tuesday night and leading an Oakland County Sheriff’s deputy on a chase.

The deputy conducting traffic enforcement at a construction zone on South Lapeer in Orion Township spotted the Pontiac resident “driving erratically” and nearly striking his patrol car, the sheriff’s office said in a statement.

After pulling over the driver in a nearby gas station, the deputy “detected the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle’s interior,” the release read. Then, the motorist “was unable to produce a driver’s license upon request.”

The driver was asked to step out of the vehicle and advised that he was under arrest. But as soon as the deputy placed a handcuff on the man’s wrist, “the suspect turned toward the deputy and began swinging his fists in an attempt to strike” him, the sheriff’s office said.

As the deputy was knocked to the ground, the suspect broke free and sprinted east across the road then into the Kmart parking lot on Clarkston, according to the release.

The deputy, who sustained cuts to his knee and elbow during the dust-up, followed him on foot but “lost sight of the suspect in a heavily wooded area near the fence-line behind Kmart,” authorities said.

Deputies set up a perimeter and used a K-9 unit to track the driver but failed to find him.

His vehicle was impounded; deputies identified the driver as the brother of the registered owner.

Deputies eventually found the suspect at an address in the 500 block of Third in Pontiac. He was taken into custody and held at the Oakland County Jail.