OSCODA – Glenn Thomas Harmon, 48, Oscoda, will appear in Iosco County’s 81st District Court on Nov. 19 – for both a pretrial conference and a preliminary exam – regarding an alleged incident which occurred Oct. 22.
He faces one felony count of assaulting/resisting/obstructing a police officer, which is punishable by up to two years in prison and/or fines of $2,000; a felony count of fleeing a police officer-4th degree, punishable by two years of incarceration and/or costs of $500, as well as license suspension for one year; and one misdemeanor count of domestic violence, which carries a penalty of 93 days jail time and/or $500.
According to court records, Oscoda Township Police Department (OTPD) personnel were dispatched to a residence on Johnson Road for a domestic situation between Harmon and a woman who was in the home at the time.
An OTPD officer reports that he was pulling into the driveway of the residence as Harmon was backing out in a pickup truck. He allegedly continued to back towards the officer, even as the officer used the horn to indicate that a vehicle was behind Harmon.
Authorities claim that Harmon then pulled from the driveway and sped off, after which the officer activated his patrol lights to stop the vehicle.
According to the OTPD, Harmon slammed on the brakes in the middle of the road, then reversed back toward the officer, with his tires spinning. The officer backed up until Harmon started driving forward again.
Harmon drove north on US-23, through downtown Oscoda, and then stopped at the light on US-23 and F-41. The OTPD case report further reads that, at one point, Harmon reached speeds of more than 90 miles per hour.
The officer and an OTPD sergeant pulled in front of Harmon when he was stopped, in order to block his vehicle, while two other department members pulled to the side and rear.
The police allege that they exited their vehicles and started to give commands to Harmon, who inched his vehicle back and forth as if he was going to try and continue to elude police.
When authorities opened the door of Harmon’s vehicle, they claim that he exited the truck and lunged at one of the officers, while swinging his fist and refusing to follow verbal commands. This included an officer giving commands for Harmon to show his hands and to get onto the ground, which allegedly were ignored, with Harmon continuing his “aggression.”
One of the OTPD sergeants deployed his taser, which did not get compliance from Harmon. An officer deployed his taser soon after, which caused Harmon to come to the ground, after which he was handcuffed.
According to court records, there were four patrol vehicles with lights and sirens activated that pursued Harmon during the incident.
He was taken to the hospital for medical clearance, and was later lodged at the Iosco County jail.
When authorities spoke with the woman who was in the Johnson Road home, she allegedly reported that she and Harmon had been arguing the night prior, on Oct. 21. She claimed that he grabbed her, shoved her against a door frame and that she was having a hard time breathing because he was pushing her so hard.
The woman alleges that the argument picked back up the following day, and that Harmon became angry and said he was leaving.
As noted in the OTPD case report, the woman claimed that Harmon was acting as though he was going to smash his truck into the residence, which is when she called 9-1-1.
When Harmon was interviewed by police, he allegedly said that the woman slapped him across the face twice, and that he never touched her with his hands.
When questioned about backing up his vehicle as a patrol car was behind him, Harmon denied trying to ram into the car. He allegedly said he was going to stop, his hand hit the shifter and that he thought he was in park.