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The search for a driver who fled an accident scene in northernMichigan over the weekend was apparently a job for a dog, not a bat.

State troopers arrested 33-year-old Mark Wayne Williams becausethey say he refused to leave them alone after he showed up Saturdaynight wearing a Batman outfit.

"He wouldn't clear the scene, and we had a canine out there and he kept screwing up the scent," State Police Sgt. Jeff Gorno told the Petoskey News-Review. "He said he wanted to help us look for the driver."

"We didn't want the dog to track Batman instead of the accidentscene, and he was getting in the way of officers who had a job to do,"the sergeant said.

Williams wasn't carrying any dangerous weapons, but his costumeand gear were confiscated, Gorno said. He was charged with resisting andobstructing police in an investigation, and he posted bond and wasreleased from the county jail. He is due back in court Oct. 18.

A call to a number listed as Williams' Petoskey home rang unanswered Wednesday.

It's not Williams' first brush with the law as the caped crusader.

He was arrested last year after police received a report of a mandressed as Batman on the roof of a Petoskey business. When officersarrived, they found Williams, dressed as Batman and carrying abaton-type striking weapon, a can of chemical irritant spray and a pairof sand-filled gloves.

He pleaded guilty to one count of attempted resisting andobstructing a police officer and was sentenced to six months ofprobation during which he was forbidden to wear costumes, including hisBatman get-up.

Williams said at the time that he never intended to harm anyone.