Springport Twp. woman arraigned, accused of driving drunk on school property
LANSING, Mich. (WILX) - A 58-year-old woman has been arraigned on multiple charges relating to an incident in which she is accused of driving drunk on school property in Springport Township.
Michelle Christine Rockwell of Springport Township has been charged with two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon (felonies), one count operating while intoxicated causing serious injury (felony), and malicious destruction of personal property (misdemeanor).
Springport Township Police Chief Brent Lincoln tells News 10 that nobody was hurt, but it was a scary situation.
Chief Lincoln told News 10 the incident took place on Friday when he says Rockwell was drunkenly doing donuts in a car on an athletic field on the school district’s grounds. The high school, elementary and middle schools were in session at the time. The schools are all located in the same area, and kids were outside at the time.
Chief Lincoln said she also tried to drive on a track while kids were walking on it, attempting to steal a backpack.
Rockwell has a probable cause conference on Thursday.
On March 5, 2021, at approximately 2:00 PM, officers from the Springport Township Police Department responded to the Springport Public Schools for attempted larceny of a backpack and malicious destruction of school property. Upon arrival, officers were told by students that a woman had driven her vehicle on the school ballfields, tearing up the grass, and attempted to steal a backpack.
Officers were able to locate the suspect’s vehicle as they were leaving the school property.
Officials learned through investigating that the suspect had also driven on the school’s football field and track.
According to witnesses on the scene, officers learned that the suspect drove her vehicle around the track in an aggressive manner in the direction of the students. The suspect then used her vehicle to ram through an exterior gate to leave the area.
Officers found the suspect to be in possession of open intoxicants when they stopped the vehicle.
The suspect was identified as a 58-year-old woman from Springport Township.
The woman was placed under arrest and lodged at the Jackson County Jail, where she will await arraignment on charges of Felonious assault with a motor vehicle, Malicious destruction of school property, operating under the influence of drugs, attempted larceny, and possession of open intoxicants in a motor vehicle.
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