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Man dressed as Batman refuses to leave crime scene, gets arrested

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Odd:  File photo provided by the Petoskey Department of Public Safety shows Mark Williams dressed as Batman

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A man has been arrested for hampering a police investigation while dressed as Batman.

Mark Wayne Williams from North Michigan was sentenced to six months' probation after refusing to clear the scene following a personal injury road accident last Saturday (September 29).

"Troopers were responding to the scene of a personal injury accident in which the driver had left the scene," Sergeant Jeff Gorno told Petoskeynews.com.

"When we arrived, (Williams) was at the scene in his Batman outfit. He wouldn't clear the scene and we had a canine out there and he kept screwing up the scent.

"He said he wanted to help us look for the driver. 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."

Williams - known locally as the 'Petoskey Batman' - has been arrested for impersonating the superhero before.

In May 2011, Petoskey police received a report of a man dressed as Batman on the roof of a local business. When they arrived, officers found Williams carrying a baton-type striking weapon, a can of chemical irritant spray and a pair of sand-filled gloves.

Four months later, the 33-year-old pleaded guilty to one count of attempted resisting and obstructing a police officer. He claimed that he never intended to harm anyone, but was sentenced to six months' probation during which he was not to wear any costumes, including his Batman outfit.

Following his most recent arrest, Williams again had his costume and 'gadgets' confiscated. Gorno said that he was not found to be carrying any dangerous weapons, and later posted bail before being released from the Emmet County Jail.

Emmet County Prosecutor, Jim Linderman, confirmed that Williams had been charged for a second time with one count of resisting and obstructing police in an investigation, which carries a two-year felony. He is due back in court on October 18.

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