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Man charged with hurting officer while fleeing party

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Darryl Enriquez
March 2, 2011
— A Whitewater Township man is charged with causing a police officer to dislocate a shoulder in a fall during a foot pursuit.

Michael A. Tuttle, 18, of W3516 Vannoy Drive, is accused of fleeing from a Nov. 18 drinking party on Harmony Drive shortly before 11 p.m.


According to a criminal complaint:


Police responded to a complaint of a noisy party, and officer Adam Vander Steeg was positioned at the rear of the apartment house. He saw several people exiting the rear door and told them to remain inside.


Tuttle forced his way past several people in the doorway and ran.


Vander Steeg pursued Tuttle and grabbed his shirt with both hands. As the officer tried to pull Tuttle closer to him, both fell to the ground, and the officer landed on his left shoulder. As they regained their footing, Vander Steeg tried again to grab Tuttle, but his left arm hurt and was awkwardly positioned.


Tuttle was arrested by another officer in the lobby of a nearby apartment building.


If Tuttle had stayed in the house, he likely would have gotten an underage drinking ticket, Whitewater Police Chief Jim Coan said Tuesday.


Instead, Tuttle is facing a felony charge of resisting an officer and misdemeanor disorderly conduct.


Vander Steeg was on medical leave for six weeks to rehabilitate his dislocated shoulder. He has returned to active duty, Coan said.


Tuttle is scheduled for an initial court appearance March 18 before Judge Robert Kennedy.



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