Batman Arrested For Obstruction of Justice

This never happened to Dick Grayson when he took over!

A man dressed as Batman was arrested and charged with obstructing a police investigation when he refused to leave the scene of an accident where police were searching for clues about a driver who had fled the scene.

The Associated Press reports that Michigan State Troopers "arrested 33-year-old Mark Wayne Williams because they say he refused to leave them alone after he showed up Saturday night wearing a Batman outfit."

Williams is pictured at right in an image taken at the jail and obtained from the Petoskey Department of Public Safety by local newspapers and then reprinted with the AP story.

Williams came to the scene, offering to help police find their suspect, but when they asked him to leave the crime scene, "Batman" apparently refused.

"He wouldn't clear the scene, and we had a canine out there and he kept screwing up the scent," State Police Sgt. Jeff Gorno is quoted as telling the Petoskey News-Review. "He said he wanted to help us look for the driver."

Williams, who had his costume confiscated, has been released on bond but is due back in court October 18. The would-be Caped Crusader has been arrested once before, while apparently on patrol. The AP reports that he was arrested back in 2011 after being spotted on the roof of an area business. Police responding to the call apparently found Williams dressed as Batman and carrying "a baton-type striking weapon, a can of chemical irritant spray and a pair of sand-filled gloves." Like this time, he was tagged with an obstruction charge, but also with resisting arrest. He served six months of probation during which time he was forbidden from wearing costumes.

This time around, Williams had nothing on his person that could be construed as a deadly weapon.


Gorno added, "We didn't want the dog to track Batman instead of the accident scene, and he was getting in the way of officers who had a job to do."

I bet Two-Face told him to say that.