Wellston man allegedly kicks deputies, bites one of them.

July 5, 2017


Wellston man allegedly kicks deputies, bites one of them.


WELLSTON — A 24-year-old Wellston man faces two felony charges after leading Manistee County sheriff’s deputies on a brief foot chase in the Dollar General store parking lot and then began kicking the deputies and biting one of them in the arm Monday, July 3, according to Manistee County Sheriff John O’Hagan.

Michael Danders was arraigned Wednesday morning, July 5, on one felony count of resisting and obstructing police and a second felony count of resisting and obstructing police causing injury. Danders’ bond was set was $7,500/cash/surety/10 percent. He was also arraigned on a stalking charge, and his bond was set at $3,000/10 percent.

The deputies were treated and released for their injuries sustained in the assault, O’Hagan said.

“The Manistee County Sheriff’s Office was investigating a complaint at the Wellston Dollar General Store in Norman Township on Monday, July 3, around 1:30 p.m.,” the sheriff stated. “During that investigation, the deputies recognized a male subject in the store that had an outstanding warrant for stalking.

“The deputies were waiting outside for Mr. Danders after he checked out. However, he never came out of the store,” the sheriff said. Deputies went into the store to make contact with him. A deputy attempted to stop him to advise him of the warrant. However, Danders pushed his way through the deputy and headed for the door. Danders was able to break free from the deputies as he exited out the front door.

“A short chase on foot ensued with the deputy taking down Danders in the parking lot,” the sheriff said. Danders continued to resist arrest by ignoring verbal commands to stop. Once in custody, Danders continued to resist by kicking both deputies – one in the shin and near the groin area, the other in the thigh. Danders then bit an officer on his right lower forearm. Danders was placed on the ground to limit further assault on the officers until backup arrived.

“Danders was taken into custody and transported to Munson Manistee Hospital for medical evaluation and then was lodged in the Manistee County Jail.”

Deputies were assisted by the Michigan DNR, the Michigan State Police and Tribal Police.

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