Man cheats on driver’s test, assaults clerk and police

By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published November 24, 2015

 Boles

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Police were called to the Michigan Secretary of State office at 1111 E. Long Lake Road just after 11 a.m. Nov. 13 after a Troy man reportedly became upset after he failed the written part of his driver’s test.

Police said he was given a second chance and used his cellphone to cheat while he retook the test. When a clerk told him he had failed again because he used his cellphone, he became upset and threw a pencil at her, according to reports.

The man, 22, demanded his ID back, and the clerk said it would take a minute, said Troy police Capt. Robert Redmond. At that point, the man jumped over the counter to retrieve his ID, screamed obscenities and threatened to kill the clerk, Redmond said.

“Rules are rules,” Redmond said. “They have to follow them.”

Redmond said that the Secretary of State office was filled with people at the time of the incident, and at least one child was upset by the man’s actions.

Redmond said that police arrived as the man attempted to leave the office, and they arrested him. He reportedly told police that he planned to go back to the office and kill the clerk.

Brandon Boles was arraigned in 52-4 District Court at 1:30 p.m. that day on charges of assault and battery and disorderly conduct. During the arraignment, he got into an argument with Judge Maureen McGinnis and began screaming. Then, while handcuffed, he reportedly assaulted a Troy police officer who had escorted him into the courtroom, Redmond said. Boles was also arraigned on two additional counts of felonious assault with injury to police.

One officer received a minor injury in the scuffle, Redmond said.

An attorney for Boles could not be reached for comment.

Bond was set at $50,000 cash/surety. Boles’ pretrial hearing was set for Nov. 19, after press time.

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