The Oceana County Sheriff’s Office said the call for a public response on Nov. 10 to identify the ATV driver directed them to a Montague-area man, who is the primary suspect in the case. Authorities are not releasing the man’s name. Investigators attempted to contact him for an interview in the case, but the man has hired a lawyer and isn’t talking to police or the media, officials said.
The driver faces the possibility of multiple charges, including trespassing, assault and malicious destruction of property. The case has been sent to the Oceana County Prosecutor’s Office, who will decide if any charges, and what they are, will be filed.
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The property owner sustained minor injuries in the incident, according to deputies. The altercation happened late afternoon Nov. 5 on a local street in Grant Township, located east of Rothbury. That’s when the property owner and the ATV driver began arguing. The incident was recorded on cellphone video and shows the property owner telling the driver that he has called police to report the trespassing.
The ATV driver then struck the property owner with his all-terrain vehicle and was last seen speeding off the property owner’s land. The video, taken by the property owner, was a key element in identifying the driver in the incident, according to Oceana County law enforcement. Sheriff’s officials said the department began receiving tips almost immediately after the video was released.