On the evening of July 9, 2022, Saginaw County Sheriff’s Office engaged in a pursuit that went through Bridgeport Township, Spaulding Township and ended with the vehicle running out of gas in Taymouth Township.
The driver was believed to be operating while intoxicated and was also wanted for absconding parole on the original charge of 2nd degree murder. At the end of the pursuit, the driver refused to obey commands and exit the vehicle. The passenger, the driver’s wife, was able to safely exit the vehicle. Information was obtained that the driver was armed with a large knife and was contemplating, “suicide by cop.” Bridgeport Township Uniformed Investigator Biniecki, who is also a trained hostage negotiator, communicated with the driver and finally convinced him to give up and comply peacefully and he was taken into custody.
Uniformed Investigator Biniecki did an excellent job of bringing this incident to a peaceful ending. Initially the situation appeared that it may end very tragically as the driver was refusing all commands and brandishing the knife, but with the magnificent work of all Saginaw County Sheriff’s personnel, assisting Michigan State Police units including the Michigan State Police helicopter, Trooper 3 and Bridgeport Township Uniformed Investigator Biniecki’s excellent communication with the driver, the situation ended peacefully.
The driver was taken into custody by the Saginaw County Sheriff's Office on the Parole Absconder warrant. This incident is being reviewed by the Saginaw County Prosecutor’s Office for possible further charges.