Man arrested after being found near crash with loaded AR-15

Ottawa County
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COOPERSVILLE, Mich. (WOOD) — The Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department believes an arrest made by deputies prevented a possible ambush.

Deputies responded to a single-car crash around 2:13 a.m. July 13 on westbound I-96 near the 17-mile marker in Polkton Township.

When they arrived, they noted the driver fled the scene on foot. 

They tracked the man, 24-year-old Joshua Gryzen, to a nearby grassy area. Deputies spotted him on his back with an AR-15. He didn’t respond to verbal instructions initially, despite deputies drawing their weapons. 

They determined he was passed out and arrested him after he woke up and had a short struggle with deputies. 

Investigators then found a 20-round magazine in the rifle in addition to 30- and 40-round magazines and marijuana nearby.

A search of his vehicle also found more marijuana, pills, more ammunition and a ballistic vest.

Investigators believe his positioning along the highway was for a possible ambush.

Gryzen was arraigned last week on charges of drunken driving, resisting police, possession of a firearm while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, possession of marijuana and possession of a controlled substance.

As of Saturday, he is still in custody on a $45,000 bond.

The Ottawa County Sheriff’s office says they’ve turned over information to federal investigators given Gryzen’s behavior.

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