October 7, 2012

The Dark Night – A Nuisance?

Have you ever wanted to dress up as your favorite comic character and take a bite outta crime? Personally, I try and stay away from stuff like that, but there’s a guy in Michigan who’d probably call me a punk.

Thirty three year old Mike Wayne Williams is his name.

Last week in Petoskey Michigan at the scene of a hit and run accident a Dark Knight appeared. He didn’t come swooping down from the top of a skyscraper or come screeching onto the scene in a jet-fueled bat mobile, nope, he just strolled up casually with the utmost of good intentions; he just wanted to help.

According to police, “He said he wanted to help us look for the driver.”

Unfortunately for Mr. Williams, (or should I say Mr. Wayne since that’s actually his middle name!) the Michigan State Police had a different idea of how the crime scene should be tended to.

After the hit and run occurred, and the Michigan State Police were dispatched to the scene, a canine unit was called out to try and track the scent of the fled criminal. Poor Mikey was screwing up things for the pooch and was eventually arrested after being asked politely to leave the scene.

“He wouldn’t clear the scene, and we had a canine out there and he kept screwing up the scent,” State Police Sgt. Jeff Gorno told the Petoskey News-Review.

According to Sgt. Gorno, Williams wasn’t actually carrying anything dangerous, no weapons or anything of the sort, but his costume and gear were confiscated. He ended up being charged with resisting and obstructing police in an investigation; he was processed in and out of the county jail quickly, and posted bond. He was released shortly after, and he is due back in court Oct. 18.

The sergeant continued, “We didn’t want the dog to track Batman instead of the accident scene and he was getting in the way of officers who had a job to do.”

This isn’t the first time the Dark Knight has risen and dejectedly fallen though.

He was actually arrested last year for something remarkably similar. Reports make mention of a man dressed as Batman on the roof of a Petoskey business. When officers arrived, they were less than welcomed by Williams. According to reports, he was wearing a Batman costume and carrying a baton-type handheld weapon, a can of pepper spray and a pair of modified-weighted gloves, and resisted arrest.

After bonding out, and making the required court dates, he pleaded guilty to “one count of attempted resisting and obstructing a police officer and was sentenced to six months of probation during which he was forbidden to wear costumes, including his Batman get-up.”

According to William’s court case he said at the time that he never intended to harm anyone.

This poor dude can’t buy a break. All he wants to do is help out and fight a little crime, but he can’t get the police to work with him. If I were him, I’d be looking at getting a new hobby that kept me out of jail.

Hopefully he adds a “get outta jail free card” to his utility belt for next time.

Image Credit: Shay Yacobinski / Shutterstock

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