When a story begins with the words “An altercation between a man and a Ford Taurus,” you just know it’s going to be good.
WSU security notified Winona police that a man was punching, kicking and screaming at a blue Ford Taurus parked on King Street on the WSU campus. On arrival, police found Mikhail Igrevich Belenky, 19, of Howard Lake, Minnesota, assaulting the unresisting automobile.
Asked to explain his bellicosity toward the inanimate object, Belenky told officers that it was his car and it had been giving him trouble, court documents state.
Why was the car giving him so much trouble? It’s possible that the .197 he blew on the breath test he was given may have had something to do with it, but perhaps the bigger issue was that the temperamental Taurus in question wasn’t his.
He was cited for underage drinking and hit with a charge of first-degree criminal damage (a felony) based on the $1,886.35 worth of beatdown he inflicted during the fight.