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Rockford man arrested for third drunk driving offense

A 24-year-old Montcalm Township man may find himself facing serious consequences in the future after police arrested him this month for what appears to be his third drunk driving offense. According to officers, this is the third time he has been arrested for operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated which automatically upgraded his offense to a felony DUI.

Police claim that they arrested the man after responding to a report of a person running over headstones in a cemetery just after 11 pm earlier this month. When investigators arrived, they say that they discovered a vehicle "stuck on one of the headstones" though they are not sure why or how he ended up driving in the cemetery that night.

Deputies then allegedly "determined the man was drunk" though they do not indicate through which method this determination was made-likely a field sobriety test. During the arrest, police claim that the man assaulted deputies and was driving with a revoked license.

The charges against the man are still being reviewed by the prosecutor's office and have not been released to the public.

It is important for people to remember that when faced with drunk driving charges, the extent of punishment greatly depends on your driving record and how many offenses you have accrued over the years. It is also important to point out that in some situations Heidi's Law may come into effect, which can enhance DUI/DWI or felony charges now based on previous offenses even if those offenses are over 10 years old. Talking to a drunk-driving defense lawyer can help you understand your charges and tell you how severe your consequences could be based on your circumstances.

Source: The Greenville Daily News, "Drunken driver arrested after driving over cemetery headstones," Cory Smith, Nov. 5, 2012

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