County Crime Blotter: Assault Crimes Increase Over Thanksgiving Weekend

In contrast to recent weeks, vehicle theft and home break-ins were not among the top crimes committed in Dexter and Scio Township last week. Instead, domestic assault violations and incidents of drunk driving spread throughout the area.

Three domestic assault crimes occurred, the first on Thanksgiving Day at 5:20 p.m. at the 10500 block of N. Territorial Rd. The accused assaulter was a 37-year-old female from Bloomfield Hills. No injuries resulted from the attack and the suspect was not arrested.

An incident of aggravated assault occurred on Saturday, Nov. 25, around 2:30 a.m. at the 6600 block of Jackson Rd. The 36-year-old female assailant from Ann Arbor was arrested following her strike. No injuries were reported.

The final incident of domestic assault involved the violation of a personal protection order. On Saturday, Nov. 25, at 3:15 p.m., a 36-year-old female from Ann Arbor contacted the victim at the 1700 block of S. Wagner Rd., therefore defying the order. She was not arrested at the time of the crime; however, the case is still under investigation.

On two separate occasions last week, the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Department was called to investigate vehicles found in ditches. Both incidents resulted from driving under the influence, but luckily no other vehicles were involved in the accidents and no injuries were sustained.

The first occurred last Thursday, Nov. 23, at the intersection of W. Huron River Drive and Mast Road at 6:20 p.m. According to authorities, the driver, a 59-year-old male from Pinckney, smelled like alcohol and appeared intoxicated when they found him behind the wheel. Deputies performed a field sobriety test to confirm his state and he was taken to the Washtenaw County Jail.

The second DUI incident occurred two days later on Saturday, Nov. 25, near the area of W. Liberty Road and Park Road. Once again, police were dispatched to investigate a vehicle in a ditch and they found the 31-year-old female driver from Ann Arbor intoxicated. She was taken to the local hospital and then to the county jail.

One vehicle break-in did occur last week. It happened overnight at the 1000 block of N. Fletcher Rd. on Wednesday, Nov. 22. The victim, whose car was left unlocked in the driveway, woke up the next morning to find that someone rummaged through her purse and stole cash and credit cards. At the time of publish, no suspect had been named, but the incident is still under investigation.

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