BENZIE COUNTY, MI – On Wednesday, June 23rd, 2021, at approximately 7:20 p.m., troopers from the Michigan State Police (MSP) Cadillac Post stopped a vehicle for multiple violations on Thompson Avenue near Fourth Avenue in Thompsonville that led to the arrest of the driver for several charges.
The driver was identified as 23-year-old Coleman Robert Obrien from Thompsonville. Obrien did not have insurance or registration for the vehicle he was operating. He was placed under arrest and resisted troopers as they were trying to place him inside the patrol vehicle. Troopers received a tip that Obrien may be in possession of narcotics. An MSP Canine Team was called to the scene and the canine hit on an area inside the vehicle. Troopers located a hidden compartment near the B pillar of the vehicle. The canine also hit on the center console where troopers found a scale inside a watertight bag, a glass pipe, and a substance believed to be methamphetamine. Obrien was lodged in the Benzie County Jail.
Coleman Obrien was previously arrested in January of 2019 when he drove off in a 2000 Jeep Cherokee without permission. It was determined that Obrien did not have a valid driver’s license, and that he was wanted on two other outstanding warrants at that time. He and the vehicle were located. He was charged at that time with unlawful use of a motor vehicle, and driving while his license was suspended, revoked, or denied.
Obrien was arraigned on June 24, 2021 85th District Court in Benzie County for one count Possession Methamphetamine, two counts Resisting & Obstructing Police, and one count Operating without Security. His bond was set at $10,000 10% cash surety. Obrien’s next schedule court appearance is on July 15, 2021 at 1:30 p.m.
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