Elgin cop faces felony for resisting Michigan cops

  • Lance Adams III

    Lance Adams III

Updated 8/3/2011 6:03 PM

The Elgin police officer arrested on charges of assault and battery of a Michigan amusement park worker on July 16 also was charged with a felony for his conduct at the county jail later that day, according to Muskegon County police reports.

Elgin Police Department spokeswoman Sue Olafson said Officer Lance Adams III, 50, of Huntley is on restricted duty while the case is pending in Michigan.


Adams and his nephew, Jamie Smith, 29, of South Bend, Ind., spent July 16 at Michigan Adventure but were arrested after they attacked two workers who didn't let them on the ride, according to the initial police report.

Another report, filed July 19, described Adams resisting a police officer in the county jail.

According to the jail report: Adams refused to leave a cell when told to do so by an officer. Adams pushed and pulled away from the officer as he tried to get him out of the cell he was sharing with Smith and other inmates. Jail staff members struck Adams in an attempt to gain control but no one was injured in the scuffle.

Officers brought Adams to the floor but he again refused to turn onto his stomach to be handcuffed, the report said.

Muskegon County Prosecutor Tony Tague said Adams was charged with resisting and obstructing an officer for his actions in the jail. In Michigan the charge is called a high court misdemeanor but treated as a felony and processed in felony court, Tague said.

Bail was set at $5,000, of which Adams had to pay 10 percent to be released. His next court date is set for 9:30 a.m. Aug. 10.


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