Man charged after alleged assaults, chase

THREE OAKS, Mich. (WOOD) — A Galien man was arrested early Tuesday after allegedly assaulting several people, including at least two with his car, and then leading police on a chase, authorities say.

The Berrien County Sheriff’s Department says it started when Brock Christopher Thompson became intoxicated. He allegedly smashed car windows and assaulted two people near the intersection of Nell’s Drive and Locust Street in Three Oaks.

He then headed to an apartment complex on Locust Street and hit another victim with his car, authorities say. That victim sustained minor injuries.

Thompson also allegedly tried to run down someone else, and then got out his car at the apartment complex and swung a bat at a group of people.

Sheriff’s deputies were called to the complex around 3:35 a.m. and arrived to find Thompson swinging the bat.

They ordered Thompson to drop his weapon. Instead, the sheriff’s department says, he got in his vehicle and lead authoritis on a chase headed south on Three Oaks Road and then west on W. Martin Road.

Thompson lost control of his car on W. Martin near Basswood Road and crashed. He was then taken into custody without further incident.

Pokagon Tribal Police and New Buffalo City Police assisted the sheriff’s department in the case.

Thompson, 23, was charged with two counts of attempted murder, one count of assault with a deadly weapon, two counts of assault and battery, malicious destruction of property to vehicle, fleeing and eluding police and intoxicated driving.

He was expected to be arraigned in a St. Joseph courtroom on Tuesday.

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