FPD arrests Holzbrucke jumper
A 28-year-old Clarkston man who decided to jump off the Holzbruecke found himself in trouble with the Frankenmuth Police Department after he exited the Cass River last weekend.
The incident took place shortly before 5pm on Saturday, July 28, when a witness called Saginaw County Central Dispatch 911, stating a male was preparing to leap off the wooden covered bridge and into the Cass.
While enroute to the bridge, the subject jumped into the water, swam toward a private boat and then was found soaking wet on a dock near Frankenmuth River Place.
The Frankenmuth Fire Department was also activated as the call came across as a possible suicide attempt.
Officers interviewed the male, a 23-year-old Clarkston man, who was intoxicated and became verbally confrontational with officers, FPD Chief Don Mawer said. He was arrested and lodged in the Saginaw County Jail for disorderly conduct.
Mawer pointed out that the Holzbruecke is a private span, owned by the Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn, Inc.
“It’s a private bridge and persons are not supposed to be up there. It’s a big liability issue for the Zehnder’s, especially when the person is intoxicated and could land in a shallow spot and get injured,” Mawer said.
Mawer said he believes it is against the state law to jump off government-owned bridges. He also thinks there is a local ordinance in place in dealing with leaping off the covered bridge.
In other FPD news, on Sunday morning, July 29, officers on routine patrol were westbound on Townline Road when they observed a vehicle pulling out of a private driveway, failing to yield before entering the roadway.
Officers got behind the vehicle, ran the license plate on computer and determined the plate was improper. It was registered to a different vehicle than what it was mounted on, Mawer pointed out.
Officers stopped the vehicle near Maple Road. The driver was a 29-year-old Saginaw man and his passenger was a Saginaw woman (age unknown) with the same address.
The driver had multiple driver’s license suspensions and he was being charged with driving with a suspended license – second offense. He was also ticketed for the improper plate and no insurance.
The driver was also in possession of several Bridge cards, some with the names and numbers scratched off. The driver claimed the cards must have been left in the car by the previous owner. A white pill vial was also found with an unknown substance. The vial was sent to the Michigan State Police Crime Laboratory for analysis.
Reinert & Bender Auto Repair and Towing removed the vehicle from the scene. The pair were given a ride into Frankenmuth to make pick up arrangements. The case was sent to the Saginaw County Prosecutor’s Office for review.
On Monday morning, July 16, officers were called to the 11000 block of Ayre Lane for a larceny of items from a boat moored in the Cass River.
A 44-year-old Frankenmuth Township man reported numerous items were taken, mostly hunting, fishing and camping items.
The suspect or suspects also tampered with the boat’s motor as he could not start it that morning. The motor was damaged.
FPD officers believe the suspects arrived to the location in another boat. The incident remains under investigation