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October 24, 2013
GROSSE POINTE SHORES — The wrought-iron fence at Osius Park near the foot of Vernier is becoming a virtual turnstile.

The fence had yet to be repaired from a drunken driver barreling through it earlier this year when another one did it again during the evening of Friday, Oct. 18, according to police.

Officers charged the driver, 70-year-old Ronnie Owen Palmer of Clinton Township, with misdemeanor drunken driving and reckless driving, according to Detective Lt. Scott Rohr.

“He posted bond and was released,” Rohr said.

If found guilty, Palmer faces more than jail, fines and court costs.

“We most definitely will seek reimbursement for the fence,” said John Schulte, public safety director.

It started when Harper Woods police alerted neighboring jurisdictions at 7:30 p.m. that a man driving a 1996 Ford Ranger was fleeing a wreck on Vernier near Eastland Center.

A Grosse Pointe Woods patrolman reported the suspect driving erratically at Mack and Vernier, running a red light and heading toward the Shores.

A Shores sergeant spotted the suspect speeding the Ranger without headlights toward the intersection of Lakeshore.

“The vehicle (ran) into the iron fence of the park, coming to an uncontrolled rest,” the sergeant reported.

Two Shores officers approached the Ranger at gunpoint.

“The suspect put the vehicle in reverse in an attempt to flee the scene, driving toward (me),” according to a patrolman.

The sergeant used a baton to smash the Ranger’s driver-side window, reach in and restrain the driver.

“The vehicle was stuck on shrubbery and could not move,” according to reports.

Officers pulled Palmer from the vehicle and put him in custody.

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