Passenger allegedly threatened Caledonia police as driver undergoes field sobriety tests | Crime and courts

CALEDONIA – A drunk passenger allegedly threatened to assault officers as they forced the driver to carry out sobriety tests.


Michael L. Burdick, 34, of the 13100 block of Bell Road, Caledonia, was charged with one count of threatening law enforcement officers and misdemeanor obstructing an officer, resistance to an officer and disorderly conduct.

According to a criminal complaint:

At 1:37 a.m. Wednesday, officers conducted a traffic stop on Four Mile Road for a car that was speeding and potentially OWI. The passenger was acting in a disorderly and belligerent manner.

The passenger had been identified as Burdick and officers were trying to talk to him and calm him down while the investigation continued. His speech was thick and very confused and he smelled strongly of alcohol. He reportedly admitted more than once that the open liquor containers in the vehicle were his. He had pulled out his phone and recorded officers, demanding their identities and complaining about the way they were handling things.

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A sergeant approached Burdick and he began commenting on his hairstyle and cursing the other officers. He was also shouting “Caledonia Police are (expletives), they don’t (expletives)”. He briefly calmed down before becoming aggressive again, saying, “They won’t take (the driver) to jail, I guarantee that!” What (expletive) are they thinking? »

After that, he allegedly said “Tell them (expletive) to put down their badges, I’ll knock them all out!”

He then attempted to backtrack on his comment by apologizing and trying to get the officers to punch him. He then started calling them “tough guys” and that the police “took (the driver) for no (expletive) reason!

After a reported scuffle that involved Burdick being restrained against a nearby wall outside the vehicle, Burdick was arrested for obstruction.

On Wednesday, Burdick received a $1,250 signing bond and $250 cash bond in Racine County Circuit Court. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 23 at the Racine County Law Enforcement Center, 717 Wisconsin Ave., according to online court records.

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