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      Drunk driver arrested for rear-ending UPS truck, swinging at driver

      A 44-year-old Kalkaska man was arrested on several charges after allegedly hitting a UPS truck, attempting to hit the drive and then driving away.

      A 44-year-old Kalkaska man was arrested on several charges after allegedly hitting a UPS truck, attempting to hit the drive and then driving away.

      According to the Grand Traverse County Sheriff's Office, the crash happened just before 4 p.m. on Thursday on South Long Lake Road in Green Lake Township.

      Deputies say the UPS delivery truck was rear-ended and the UPS driver was confronted by the suspect. Deputies believe the man was drunk at the time of the incident.

      The driver reported the suspect took a swing at him and drove away. The UPS driver refused medical treatment.

      Deputies found the suspect a short distance down the road with two sets of footprints leading away through the snow in the woods.

      Deputies tracked the suspects for about two miles before arresting them. While tracking the suspects, deputies took a report that the suspect was driving a stolen vehicle. That information was determined to be false and deputies are seeking charges against the car's owner for filing a false police report.

      The 44-year-old Kalkaska man, the driver, was arrested for operating while intoxicated, hit and run, assault and providing alcohol to a minor.

      The passenger, a 19-year-old, was cited for minor in possession of alcohol and was released.