GHDPS officer assaulted with wine bottle

An 11-year veteran of the Grand Haven Department of Public Safety was assaulted with a wine bottle while investigating a noise disturbance early Sunday morning.
Becky Vargo
Oct 1, 2012

The officer went to a Clinton Street residence just before 3 a.m. Sunday. He was repeatedly hit with a wine bottle shortly after he arrived, said Jeff Hawke, director of GHDPS.

The officer and the 18-year-old suspect “were then involved in a physical altercation, which ended with the suspect being subdued and handcuffed,” Hawke said. “A taser was deployed by the officer to bring the suspect under control.”

Hawke said the officer was taken to North Ottawa Community Hospital and treated for non-life threatening injuries.

The suspect was lodged in the Ottawa County Jail and charged with assault with intent to do great bodily harm. The charge is a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

Bond was set at $50,000. The man’s name is being withheld pending arraignment.

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Comments

Vladtheimp

If the guy who assaulted our first responder doesn't get the max, you have to wonder: (1) what judicial philosophy would let him get a diminished sentence; (2) what is the likelihood that this will be repeated; (3) will he have to pay the costs that taxpayers have to pay for the officer's medical treatment? and why don't we know his name?

Wingmaster

Think the judge should take the same wine bottle and whack the punk repeatedly over the head with it!

tlr616

Lets remember here...this kid is only 18 years old. He has a lot of growing and learning yet to do in his life. Did he screw up? Definately! Does he deserve punishment? Of course he does. He was wrong any way you look at it. You must remember though...he has parents and younger siblings that didn't do anything wrong. Lets not upset them more with all the negative talk. Lets pray he gets the help he most surely needs and lets pray his family gets through this with as little heartache as possible.

Wingmaster

Remember the officers family and friends did nothing wrong and have this heartache thrusted upon them. A 5 year old knows you do not hit someone with a bottle so growing up has nothing to do with it. He needs to learn respect for others, something he obviously does not have if you read the reason why the police where called. Punish him to the full extend and community service helping others would be a good start.

tlr616

Lets remember here...this kid is only 18 years old. He has a lot of growing and learning yet to do in his life. Did he screw up? Definately! Does he deserve punishment? Of course he does. He was wrong any way you look at it. You must remember though...he has parents and younger siblings that didn't do anything wrong. Lets not upset them more with all the negative talk. Lets pray he gets the help he most surely needs and lets pray his family gets through this with as little heartache as possible.

truthhurts

oh common, he 18 and knew what he was doing. Throw him in jail, he assaulted a police officer. Have compassion for idiots like this? get real. I want to know a name, he is an adult.

ohwell

Well this "18 year old" kid has a been in and out of trouble for many years. He is a loose cannon, and needs to be out away for a long time. Any rational 18 year old knows that you don't beat a cop with a wine bottle. His parents and siblings know he is a lost cause, they have been living with his terror for along time. This isn't the first time he has beaten up someone for no reason. Problem before he was a minor, well it's time to go to big boy jail for a while and see how "bad" he is. Time for this "kid" as you say to be treated like an adult and suffer for his stupidity. This "kid" committed a felony.

LessThanAmused

Nevermind.

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