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Man hits utility pole, arrested for drunk driving

Being charged with DUI in Michigan can be scary. A conviction on this charge can result in loss of driving privileges, court-ordered treatment, large fines or prison time. But being charged with DUI is not the same as being convicted. Such may be the case for a man who allegedly crashed his van into a utility pole.

The 44-year-old Manchester man was arrested in late November on suspicion of drunken driving, after he crashed his Dodge Caravan into a utility pole. The crash brought down the pole, wires and a transformer. The accident happened on Michigan Avenue in Pittsfield Township, just outside of Ann Arbor.

According to police, the driver was not hurt in the accident. However, the transformer was said to have exploded and Michigan Avenue was closed for four hours while police and firefighters waited for DTE Energy to arrive. Upon their arrival, they turned off the power and cleared the roadway. The driver was taken to Washtenaw County Jail, and it is not known at this time if he faces any additional charges.

There is also no information on if police performed any field sobriety, breath or blood tests to back up their allegations that the man was driving drunk.

Having a few drinks is not a crime, and having an odor of alcohol on one's breath is not the same as being over the limit in terms of DUI. Still, facing DUI charges can be intimidating and can cause a person a lot of turmoil. When facing these types of charges, consider working with an experienced attorney who knows the law.

Source: AnnArbor.com, "Driver arrested after crashing van, bringing down utility pole," Cindy Heflin, Nov. 23, 2011

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