TUSCARORA TOWNSHIP — Officers with the Tuscarora Township Police Department were kept busy over the last week, responding to several different calls including an aggravated domestic assault involving an axe.


Tuscarora Township Police Chief Gordon Temple said officers with his department were dispatched to an assault in progress on May 18, around 1:28 p.m. The call had come in to Charlevoix Cheboygan Emmet Central Dispatch Authority in Petoskey as happening in the area of Chippewa Beach Road, near Van Tassel Trail.


"The caller, a 30-year-old Indian River woman advised her husband had just swung an axe at both of her vehicle tires and as she was leaving the driveway, he threw the axe through her side window," said Temple.


When the officers arrived on the scene, they called the 33-year-old husband. The man told the officers he knew he is being arrested and said he would surrender without incident. He was placed under arrest for aggravated domestic assault and was transported to the Cheboygan County Jail, where he was lodged for the charge.


On May 19, at 6:25 p.m., officers with the department were dispatched to the BP gas station at the corner of South Straits Highway and M-68 for a customer who was inside her vehicle and slumped over the steering wheel. The woman was not responsive.


When the officers arrived on the scene, they made contact with the woman, in her car, who eventually identified herself to them as a 37-year-old woman from Gaylord.


"The woman admitted to being under the influence of Suboxone and Klonopin," said Temple. "The woman was unable to perform any balance tests and failed the field sobriety test that were given."


The woman was placed under arrest for operating while intoxicated, first offense and lodged at the Cheboygan County Jail.


On May 23, at 11:37 p.m., officers with the department were on routine patrol in the area of Burt Lake State Park Drive on South Straits Highway. They observed a pickup truck northbound on South Straits Highway driving on the shoulder of the road.


"As the truck approached the intersection at South Straits Highway and Barbara Avenue, the truck failed to stop for the red light and proceeded through the intersection," said Temple.


The officers pulled the vehicle over and spoke with the driver, who was identified as a 36-year-old man from Sterling.


While they were speaking with the man, the officers could smell the odor of intoxicants and the man admitted he had been drinking. The man was asked to perform field sobriety tests, which he failed. The man was then given a preliminary breath test and registered a 0.137 on the test. He was placed under arrest and was transported to the Cheboygan County Jail, where he was lodged.