Bullet Holes in Snowbank: Man arrested at scene arraigned on DWI, weapons charges

Garrett Neese/Daily Mining Gazette Jared Freeman appears for his 97th District Court arraignment via teleconference Friday. Freeman is allegedly to have shot at a snowbank while intoxicated after his car became stuck.

HOUGHTON — A Hancock man charged with shooting at a snowbank while drunk was arraigned in 97th District Court Friday.

Jared Freeman, 37, is charged with driving while intoxicated — third offense, a five-year felony; forgery of a license plate, a five-year felony; and possession of weapons while intoxicated, a 93-day misdemeanor.

He also received another charge of operating a motor vehicle without insurance, a one-year misdemeanor, for allegedly driving his vehicle once it was out of impound.

Freeman was arrested in Hancock early Tuesday morning after officers responded to a report of gunshots in the area. They found Freeman by his vehicle, which was stuck in a snowbank on Ingot Street.

Police determined him to be intoxicated.

Freeman had denied firing at the snowbank, said Assistant Prosecutor Brittany Bulleit. Officers reported finding empty casings on the ground and observing bullet-size holes in the snowbank, said Prosecutor Michael Makinen.

Police confiscated the firearm allegedly involved, a Glock 9mm pistol, which was found in the car.

As a condition of his bond, Freeman is required to turn over any additional guns and consent to a police search. He will also take personal breath tests twice a day and attend four self-help meetings a week.

Judge Mark Wisti cautioned Freeman not to violate the conditions.

“You’re a hazard to this community, sir,” he said.

Bond was kept at $2,500. Bulleit argued Freeman should be considered dangerous, pointing to his prior drunk driving convictions, use of a weapon and his driving of the car after the initial arrest.

Freeman’s attorney, David Gemignani, said the existing bond was sufficient.

“Nobody got shot at,” he said. “Nobody got hurt. If the bond has been set, I don’t think he’s a flight risk. He’s a member of the community.”

The preliminary hearing on Freeman’s first file was set for April 6. He received a $100 personal recognizance bond on the charge of operating without insurance. Pretrial on that charge was set for March 30.