EAST TAWAS – The Michigan State Police (MSP) arrested Richard Alan Ekorn, 72, East Tawas, after they say he assaulted one of their officers on Nov. 5.
Ekorn is facing one felony count of assaulting/resisting/obstructing a police officer. If convicted as charged, he could be penalized with a two-year prison sentence and/or fines of $2,000.
At press time, he was scheduled to appear in Iosco County’s 81st District Court for a probable cause conference, with a preliminary exam set for Nov. 26.
According to court records, on the afternoon in question, MSP troopers responded to a report of a disorderly, intoxicated male at a home on US-23 in Baldwin Township.
The report received from Iosco County Central Dispatch advised troopers that the male subject was very aggressive and was attempting to fight people in the home.
A witness on the scene allegedly confirmed to police that Ekorn was highly intoxicated and trying to fight him.
Troopers claim that when they attempted to speak with Ekorn, he repeatedly swore at them and would not listen.
Ekorn allegedly swung his arm at one of the troopers, but did not strike him, after which the trooper told him to stop.
Police say that Ekorn then swung his arm toward another trooper, but missed, and was told by authorities that if he touched the trooper he would be handcuffed and arrested.
Ekorn allegedly swung again at one of the troopers, this time striking him in the chest/pushing him in the chest, and grabbing for his jacket.
According to court documents, the trooper removed Ekorn’s hand and utilized an arm bar takedown, after which he handcuffed Ekorn and told him he was under arrest. Ekorn was later lodged in the Iosco County jail.