In this May 11, 2011 file photo provided by the Petoskey, Mich., Department of Public Safety shows Mark Williams dressed as Batman, at the Emmet County jail in Petoskey, Mich. Photo: Petoskey Department Of Public Safety Via Petoskey News-Review / AP
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PETOSKEY, Mich. (AP) - The search
for a driver who fled an accident scene in northern Michigan over the weekend was apparently a
job for a dog, not a bat.
State troopers arrested 33-year-old
Mark Wayne Williams because they say he refused to leave them alone after he
showed up Saturday night wearing a Batman outfit.
"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 (http://bit.ly/QFv0yh ).
"He said he wanted to help us look for the driver."
"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," the sergeant said.
Williams wasn't carrying any
dangerous weapons, but his costume and gear were confiscated, Gorno said. He
was charged with resisting and obstructing police in an investigation, and he
posted bond and was released from the county jail. He is due back in court Oct.
A call to a number listed as
Williams' Petoskey home rang unanswered Wednesday.
It's not Williams' first brush with
the law as the caped crusader.
He was arrested last year after
police received a report of a man dressed as Batman on the roof of a Petoskey
business. When officers arrived, they found Williams, dressed as Batman and
carrying a baton-type striking weapon, a can of chemical irritant spray and a
pair of sand-filled gloves.
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.
Williams said at the time that he
never intended to harm anyone.
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