ST. JOSEPH, Mich. — A Middlebury man is accused of attacking a Michigan State Police trooper in Berrien County along with his brother on Monday.

Trooper Gary Guild, a 21-year veteran of the state police, attempted to pull over 21-year-old Michael Barber of Gobles, Mich., for speeding on a motorcycle southbound on U.S. 31 at Matthew Road, which is about halfway between Niles and Berrien Springs. Barber slowed initially, then sped off on the freeway, according to a Michigan State Police press release.

About three miles later, Barber lost control on an exit ramp and crashed. As Guild approached, Barber allegedly jumped to his feet and ran at the trooper. The two then engaged in a physical fight as the trooper tried to gain control of Barber.

During the struggle, another car pulled up and Barber's brother, 19-year-old Travis Wise of Middlebury, got out and also started wrestling with the trooper. Barber allegedly tried to choke Guild and punched him in the face several times, according to the press release. Barber and Wise also tried to wrestle Guild's Taser away from him.

Eventually, two passersby stopped to rescue the trooper. Guild placed both Barber and Wise under arrest with help from the two civilians and other responding police officers from Southwest Michigan.

Guild was treated for minor injuries and released from an area hospital on Monday.

Police discovered during the investigation that Barber's motorcycle was stolen from Van Buren County, Mich., and may be connected to several unsolved breaking and entering cases in southern Michigan.

Barber and Wise were taken to the Berrien County Jail in St. Joseph, Mich., and were arraigned Tuesday morning, according to a press release from the Berrien County Prosecutor's Office. 

Barber is charged with:

• Assault by strangulation, a 10-year felony.

• Fleeing and eluding in the third degree, a five-year felony.

• Resisting and obstructing a police officer causing injury, a four-year felony.

• Receiving and concealing a stolen motor vehicle, a five-year felony.

• Attempting to disarm a police officer, (a taser), a two-year felony.

Wise is charged with:

• Assault by strangulation, a 10-year felony.

• Obstruction of justice, a five-year felony.

• Resisting and obstructing a police officer causing injury, a four-year felony.

• Attempting to disarm a police officer, (a taser), a two-year felony. 

Both remained in the jail after arraignment on Tuesday with bond for Wise set at $100,000 and bond for Barber set at $75,000. Wise is scheduled to appear in Berrien County Trial Court in Niles, Mich., on March 1 and Barber is scheduled to appear in the same court on March 7. 

(7) comments

Seven

Is it just me or does it seem to you that there are more and more incidents of this type. The public needs to pay more attention to police officers when they are interacting with the public. Be prepared to take action if the officer needs it.

MaxHeadroom

Those two should fair well in prison. It's unfortunate it wasn't an armed citizen that stopped to help the trooper. Enjoy yourselves boys!

Sally Waters

It's a shame the disrespect the youth has.
It's also a shame you can't trust what you read. :/

Sophie

What in the heck does "you can't trust what you read." All I know is these boys think they are tough and now they will be doing 'big boy' time for beating up a trooper trying to do a job. I wonder if they will think they are so tough in prison wearing tu tus for their new boyfriends. I can hear the whimpering now... hahahahahaha

Sally Waters

I agree .... these boys deserve full punishment and its great news the officer is OK.
But I still stand with you can't trust everything you read - unfortunately,but it's true.

Seven

Once again, citizens went to the rescue of a police officer under attack by criminals. I say "Thank you" to them.

Rebecca

"Thank you", indeed! Very happy the officer was able to go home to his family at the end of the day! The thug brothers certainly won't be attending any family get-together's any time soon.

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