Nathan Gross, student arrested following incident in Towers, to be sentenced Friday

An 18-year-old Grand Blanc freshman arrested in September for assaulting a police officer while allegedly on LSD is scheduled to appear in court Friday.

Nathan David Gross is scheduled to be sentenced by Judge Mark Duthie at 10:45 a.m. at the Isabella County Court House, 300 N. Main St.

As of Tuesday, Gross’s plea was not named, according to Isabella County Court documents. However, CMU Police Chief Bill Yeagley said the court could still be pending Gross’s disposition.

Although the severity of this incident is alarming, CMU is lucky to not experience these events often, Yeagley said.

“Controlled substance interfering, that’s never a good thing,” Yeagley said. “Those are the kinds of things we can put an end to and we’re glad there are very few of these incidents.”

As previously reported by Central Michigan Life, at about 10:30 p.m. Sept. 19, CMU police officers Jeff Ballard and Kip Williams were dispatched to a scene involving a disorderly, violent person possibly on drugs in the lobby of Kessler Hall.

Twenty minutes later, officer Cameron Wassman received a call from Central Dispatch and responded to the Towers complex to meet up with Ballard.

Police said Gross head butted an officer as he was being patted down. When a second officer arrived, the two officers wrestled Gross to the ground to gain control.

Gross was charged with three felonies: one count of attempt to disarm a police officer, a 10-year felony, and two counts of resisting or obstructing police, each of which are up to two-year felonies.

Gross was also charged with two misdemeanor acts: one for use of a controlled substance, a six-month misdemeanor, and one count of simple assault; a 93-day misdemeanor charge.

Yeagley said calls regarding individuals on drugs such as LSD are fairly rare at CMU. He said it’s even more rare for a suspect to act in the manner this individual did, by assaulting an officer.

“LSD is a crazy drug, it’s not predictable,” Yeagley said. “You can become violent like this individual did. It creates a lot of negative effects.”


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