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Thursday, 30 May 2013 11:54

Port Austin man jailed after backing pickup into harbor

(PORT AUSTIN) -- Destructive and disorderly behavior landed a 49-year old Port Austin man in jail Tuesday afternoon. Huron County Sheriff Kelly Hanson says Jerry Widner had apparently backed a pickup truck into the water at the boat ramp of the Port Austin Harbor earlier in the day and left. Deputies were dispatched to N. Van Dyke and Grindstone Roads around 3:30 p.m. after reports of two men jumping into traffic. Deputies found the men attempting to pull the almost completely submerged truck out the water with a station wagon. Authorities suspected the pair were intoxicated and requested identification. Widner quickly became agitated and wouldn't follow instructions. He ended up jumping into water, swam out to the harbor and refused to return to shore. After a while, he swam back to shore and was arrested for being disorderly while intoxicated and was placed in the back of a patrol car. Widner began kicking at the back windows and damaged the left rear door. He was arraigned on charges of misdemeanor disorderly while intoxicated, OWI, and felony destruction of police property. Widner's bond was set at $10,000 cash.