'Batman' charged with obstructing Michigan police

Thursday, October 4, 2012

PETOSKEY, Mich. -- The search for a driver who fled an accident scene in northern Michigan last weekend apparently was 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 costume.

"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 said. "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," Gorno said.

Williams was charged with resisting and obstructing police in an investigation, and he posted bond and was released from the county jail.

This was not Williams' first brush with the law.

He was arrested last year after police found him dressed as Batman on the roof of a local business. He was carrying a baton-type striking weapon, a can of chemical irritant spray and a pair of sand-filled gloves.

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