Canadian man accused of repeatedly assaulting girlfriend throughout Northern Michigan tenting journey


CRAWFORD COUNTY, MI — A Canadian man is accused of repeatedly assaulting his girlfriend during a camping trip in northern Michigan.

Daryl Ervin McDonald, 42, of Windsor, Ontario, was charged with assault with intent to cause less than murder and domestic violence in the 46th Circuit Court in Crawford County on Tuesday.

He was charged after soldiers from Michigan State Police’s Houghton Lake Post were dispatched to Grayling Munson Hospital, where the victim was admitted Nov. 13 with multiple injuries.

It is alleged that McDonald initially assaulted the woman as they were driving on I-75 on their way home from visiting friends in West Branch. The attack reportedly continued after they reached their campsite at River Park Campground in Grayling Township.

The victim later drove himself to Grayling hospital, police said. McDonald was arrested at the campsite and held in the Crawford County Jail.

His bail was set at $50,000. He was also ordered to surrender his passport and driver’s license.