MENOMINEE - Seven people were arrested and a police officer was nearly run over as two drugs busts went down in Menominee Tuesday.
The arrests happened about 6:30 p.m., one at a home in the 1300 block of 14th Avenue, the other in an alley near 13th Street and 15th Avenue.
According to police, detectives were staking out a house when they noticed two suspects come out and complete a drug transaction from a pickup truck. As deputies moved in, the truck quickly backed up forcing an officer to jump out of harms way.
The truck then crashed into an undercover car and sped away, striking two more unmarked squads in the process. The vehicle was finally stopped by two other police cars.
Authorities say the suspects tossed 16 Suboxone pills from the vehicle. The driver was arrested for felonious assault, driving with a suspended license and a probation violation. The passenger, who is pregnant, was taken to Bay Area Medical Center to be examined.
A search warrant was then issued for 1317 14th Ave. Residents Jack Bolinger and Andrea Addington, no ages listed, were both charged with one count of maintaining a drug house. Bolinger was also charged with delivery of heroin and possession of marijuana. Police say a male suspect also swallowed some of the heroin upon entering the home and was taken to BAMC for treatment.
"There were other people arrested but they were arrested on federal warrants for drug trafficking," said Menominee County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Hass.
A preliminary examination will be held April 11 for Bolinger and Addington. Although the two busts happened almost simultaneously, there is no apparent connection between the two.
"They were really unrelated other than the fact they were at about the same time," said Hass.
The Menominee Police Department was assisted by the Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team and the Marinette Drug Team.