Father and son arrested after son bites officer

When State Police Troopers and Clare Police officers went to a Clare City residence April 5 to arrest an 18 year-old man for an assault charge, “He began growling and bit a Trooper on the wrist,” according to a release from the Mt. Pleasant State Police Post.

During the attempted arrest, the man’s father reportedly “interfered with the arrest of his son and subsequently obstructed the Officers and Troopers on the scene,” the release said.

Justin Curtis Yates, of 203 East Fourth Street, was arrested and charged with the original misdemeanor count of assault and battery, which carries a penalty of 93 days in jail and/or a $500 fine and with two additional felony counts of Assaulting/Resisting/Obstructing a Police Officer. Each felony charge carries a two-year sentence and/or a $2,000 fine.

Justin’s father, Lawrence Robert Yates, Jr., also known as Lawrence Robert Yates, 58, of the same address was also charged with two felony counts of Assaulting/Resisting/Obstructing a Police Officer. Each felony charge carries a two-year sentence and/or a $2,000 fine.

Both men were arraigned April 6th in 80th District Court. Lawrence posted bail of $8,500/10percent and was released on the 6th. His son Justin’s bond was set at $10,000/10 percent. He remains lodged in the Clare County Jail.

A preliminary exam for both father and son has been set for April 16 at 2 p.m.