KALAMAZOO, Mich. — The Latest on the arrest of a Polish-born Michigan doctor by federal immigration agents (all times local):
U.S. immigration officials say a Polish-born Michigan doctor who was arrested last week came under scrutiny after 18 interactions with local law enforcement agencies.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials on Tuesday didn’t provide details on those incidents involving Lukasz Niec. He was arrested Jan. 16 for two misdemeanor convictions about 25 years ago, when he was in high school.
WOOD-TV reports the 18 interactions came after those convictions, and that all but once incident involved driving infractions. Those included speeding and having no proof of insurance during a traffic stop.
Kalamazoo County court records also show he pleaded guilty to an impaired driving offense in 2008. After completing probation, the conviction was set aside and case was dismissed as part of a plea agreement.
In the one case not involving a driving infraction, a jury acquitted Niec of a 2013 domestic violence charge.
The 43-year-old Kalamazoo doctor came to the U.S. legally as a young child.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials say a Polish-born Michigan doctor was arrested last week because of two misdemeanor convictions about 25 years ago.
ICE officials said in a statement Tuesday that Lukasz Niec was arrested Jan. 16 for “administrative immigration violations.” The statement says the 43-year-old can be deported for those 1992 convictions — malicious destruction of property and receiving stolen goods. They date to when he was in high school.
Niec came to the U.S. legally as a young child. ICE says he’s being jailed until removal hearings are completed.
Relatives say he pleaded guilty through a state program designed to help young offenders and was told it wouldn’t be used in a deportation.
The Kalamazoo doctor and his wife each has a daughter from previous relationships.