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A hit and run accident in a northern Frankenmuth neighborhood resulted in an arrest in a southern business parking lot.
Frankenmuth Police Sergeant Tony McLaughlin said the incident took place around 11:50pm on Friday, July 14, in the 600 block of Willow Lane.
A 34-year-old Howell woman was parked on Willow Lane in the subdivision, with her passenger, a 26-year-old Brighton woman, when a vehicle rear-ended her car and then fled the scene of the crash.
While FPD officers were taking that report, a call came of a vehicle with damage in the Covered Bridge parking lot. The driver, a 21-year-old Clio woman, claimed she just got out of work and found her car was struck. It had disabling damage.
Officers continued to interview her and she eventually confessed to making up the story. She did work at an area business but she was behind the wheel when she struck the car parking on Willow Lane.
Further investigation revealed the Clio woman had been drinking alcohol. A preliminary breath test and later a chemical test confirmed the result. She was arrested and lodged in the Saginaw County Jail for operating while impaired. She will likely face hit and run charges as well. The case was sent to the Saginaw County Prosecutor’s Office for their review.
A case of road rage took place on the Main Street Bridge on Saturday afternoon, July 15.
McLaughlin said a 53-year-old Roseville man was traveling north in the 800 block of South Main Street, through the construction zone. He encountered another northbound motorist who attempted to pass him in that area.
A passenger in that car became agitated and when both cars stopped, the passenger exited the vehicle and punched the driver’s side fender of the Roseville man’s car. The suspect quickly re-entered the car and it fled the scene.
Officers have not found the suspect.
McLaughlin noted that a cycling race originating in Birch Run will pass through Frankenmuth around 1:30pm on Saturday, July 22. The route will bring the bicyclists eastbound on Junction Road, and then southbound on Main Street and right through the city.
Michigan State Police and Saginaw County Sheriff’s Department deputies are assisting with race logistics.
McLaughlin also has assumed the crossing guard organizational duties from recently retired FPD Officer Tom Daugharty.
𠇊t this point, we have all our current full-time crossing guards returning, however, we are always looking for help. Some of the times are hard to fill,” McLaughlin said.
Bill Varney has retired from crossing guard duty. McLaughlin has one applicant to review. Dave Geiger plans to return to handle West Genesee and Churchgrove streets and Wayne Pickelmann will be back at Main and Genesee streets.
The annual training will take place in August. Persons interested in becoming a crossing guard should contact Tony McLaughlin at 652-8371, extension 163.