In an unusual twist, a police chief was arrested in Michigan this week for an alleged domestic disturbance. Police arrested the 59-year-old police chief of Boyne Falls on Tuesday. The arrest stemmed from an incident a day earlier that police claim involved domestic violence.
The man, who serves as Boyne Falls' only village marshal, apparently served his wife with divorce papers earlier this week. That allegedly led to physical altercations at their home, according to the Petoskey News.
It's not exactly clear what police believe happened, but they did say the man's wife accidentally drove her vehicle into the house and hit a natural gas line, prompting emergency crews to respond. When police were called to the home, the police chief reportedly agreed to leave. The woman also apparently ran over a snow blower.
The man, from South Arm Township, had to surrender his police weapon when he was arrested, according to reports. He turned himself in and appeared before a judge for arraignment on Tuesday. He pleaded not guilty to the domestic violence charge, which is a criminal misdemeanor charge, and was released on a $5,000 personal recognizance bond. He's scheduled to appear again in court in early July.
One woman who knows the police chief seemed surprised by the charge, according to the Petoskey News. She says the charge of domestic violence seems "out of character" for him.
The police chief did not comment, and neither did a fellow trustee or prosecutors.
Source: Petoskey News, "More details on police official's arrest," Sheri McWhirter, 23 June 2011