Michigan man serving 150-day sentence for kicking officer

Posted 2/18/21

A Michigan man who kicked a Powell police officer multiple times has been ordered to serve five months in jail.

Police originally arrested 29-year-old Justo A. Porras for breach of peace, after he …

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Michigan man serving 150-day sentence for kicking officer

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A Michigan man who kicked a Powell police officer multiple times has been ordered to serve five months in jail.

Police originally arrested 29-year-old Justo A. Porras for breach of peace, after he drunkenly banged on motel room doors and was combative with responding Officer Sean Alquist. But Porras drew significantly more trouble when he kicked Alquist in the chest during the Jan. 29 arrest.

The Park County Attorney’s Office charged Porras with a felony count of interference with a peace officer, alleging he caused or attempted to cause serious injury to Alquist. However, as part of a plea deal, that was reduced to a misdemeanor count of interference.

Circuit Court Judge Bruce Waters ordered Porras to serve 150 days in jail for interference, followed by six months of probation for the misdemeanor count of breach of peace. 

Powell police had been called to the Best Choice Motel around 6:15 p.m. on Jan. 29 by a motel guest, who reported that a man had banged on her door. The woman said she was “really scared, and I could see her entire person shaking,” Officer Alquist later wrote in a report. Another guest at the motel said the man — later identified as Porras — had banged on his door, too.

Police didn’t locate Porras at that time, but a short time later, the woman reported that the man was back at the Best Choice.

When Officer Alquist arrived, he said Porras walked unsteadily, but aggressively, to within a foot or two of him. He eventually began yelling in the officer’s face. The officer told him to calm down, but Porras — who reportedly smelled of alcohol and was slurring his words — responded, “What the f— is your a— gonna do, man?” Porras then looked at the officer’s gun, saying he would “take yo [stuff],” and grabbed the officer’s chest, charging documents say.

Alquist then placed Porras under arrest, but the suspect repeatedly refused to get into a patrol vehicle, requiring police to physically put him into the vehicle. 

“While attempting to move Justo [Porras]’s legs from the doorway of the vehicle, Justo began to kick me in the chest,” Alquist wrote, saying the kicks were forceful enough to leave his chest and shoulder sore “throughout the night.”

Porras, of Traverse City, Michigan, is scheduled to be released from jail in late June.

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