Orion Twp. man arrested for spitting at deputy, damaging patrol car

Mark Hicks
The Detroit News
Police car

An Orion Township man is facing charges after spitting on an Oakland County Sheriff's deputy and damaging a patrol car, authorities said.

The father of the 27-year-old resident went to the township substation on Tuesday with a court order authorizing officers to take him into protective custody and transport the man to a crisis center, investigators said in a statement.

Deputies found the man near Heights and Lapeer roads and put him in the backseat of a patrol vehicle. But when told about the destination, "he became aggressive" toward them and started to kick the rear doors, bending both about 4 inches and causing an estimated $2,000 worth of damage, according to the release.  

The deputies tried to explain their involvement to de-escalate the encounter, but the suspect spat at them several times through an open window, including in the face of a 20-year veteran, county officials wrote.

The 27-year-old was held at the Oakland County Jail on charges of assaulting a police officer and malicious destruction of police property.