Near Bay City, Michigan, law officers responded to a call in Bangor Township in Bay County. On September 21, they received a call alleging assault. The caller to 911 told dispatchers that a woman was trying to run down people with her van at the Bangor Downs housing community.

According to reports by Bay County sheriff’s deputies, there was a Dodge Caravan parked in front of a residence while Amber K. Schomaker was allegedly trying to enter the residence with a screwdriver in her hand. Outside the same residence was Schomaker’s husband, who was bleeding from a wound on his forehead, according to court records.

The caller to 911 was a 26-year-old woman who told law enforcement that she and her 31-year-old fiance had invited the Schomaker couple to their residence for a swingers party. A police report indicated that Amber Schomaker had been downstairs in the residence with the fiance and while Schomaker’s husband with engaged with the female resident upstairs in the residence.

After the female resident of the address and Schomaker’s husband descended to the first floor, Amber Schomaker allegedly struck her husband and went outside the residence. When the other adults followed Amber Schomaker outside, they saw her enter the minivan and then drive toward them. Amber Schomaker drove the vehicle over the curb and the sidewalk, heading toward the porch where the party hosts and her husband were standing, according to the police report. Both of the men jumped to safety.

After driving away, Amber Schomaker returned just a few minutes later and fought with her husband. Both Schomaker’s husband and the man residing at the home gave similar versions of the story. Schomaker’s husband admitted that she attacked him our of jealousy.

Schomaker’s husband wound up with evidence of a bit to his left shoulder, scratches on his right shoulder, a deep cut on his forehead, as well as a bleeding injury to his mouth. Also according to court records, Amber Schomaker had a scratch down her back and a swollen right cheek. When questioned by police, Amber Schomaker appeared to be intoxicated and claimed that she had a screwdriver to start her minivan. In the course of two hours, she said she had consumed as much as a half-fifth of vodka. When deputies gave her a Breathalyzer test, results showed that Schomaker had a blood alcohol level of 0.156. In the state of Michigan, anyone found to have a blood alcohol level of 0.08 or higher is considered intoxicated. 

Both of the Schomakers were arrested. Amber Schomaker’s husband was arrested for violating a personal protection order that listed her as a protected party. Amber Schomaker complicated matters for herself by threatening to sue the arresting deputies for false arrest, adding that she hope one deputy's wife was an adulterer. At the sheriff’s office, a police report indicated that Amber Schomaker was rude and agitated, “kicking the doors, yelling, and taking her clothes off." 

Schomaker refused to submit to another Breathalyzer test without having an attorney present. After deputies obtained a search warrant for her blood, she was taken to a local hospital to have her blood drawn. Court records did not reveal the extent of her intoxication. On September 22, she went before a county court and was arraigned on on three counts of assault with a dangerous weapon, as well as counts of domestic violence and second-offense operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated. She could face four years in prison for the assault charge. Her bond was set at $35,000. Her next court date is October 12. 



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Spero News editor Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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