PONTIAC (WWJ) – A Pontiac teen has been arrested after police say he chased his mother with an ax when she confiscated his marijuana plant and flushed it down the toilet.
Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard said the mom was able to get away from her 17-year-old son by lock herself in the bathroom at her home on Blaine, near Cesar Chavez.
“He had kicked the door, he’d smashed the door with the ax and was yelling very agitated vulgar verbiage at his own mother,” Bouchard told WWJ’s Newsradio 950’s Zahra Huber.
“And as soon as she dialed 911 he stopped hitting the door,” Bouchard said. “She wasn’t sure where he had gone after that, so she stayed locked in the bathroom until we arrived on scene.”
Deputies found the teen on foot about a block away from home. He’d left the ax back at the house, officials said, and it was taken as evidence.
The teen, who Bouchard said appears to be dealing with “personal issues,” is in jail while authorities prepare charges.
Bouchard said the mom is shaken up, but that she’s lucky to be alive.
“Given his rage at the moment and the damage to the door and the damage to the house, and the size of this very, very large two-headed ax — which extended from one side of the patrol car hood probably 60-percent of the way across to the other side — in that kind of enraged moment, if he’d struck her it easily could have killed her,” Bouchard said.
The teen’s name has not been released.