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Sturgis man arrested for OWI and expired license

While driving westbound along U.S. 12 through Mottville Township, a Michigan State Trooper says that he had to take "evasive action" after he noticed another vehicle heading towards him earlier this month.

According to the officer's statement, the oncoming vehicle, travelling eastbound along the freeway, did not appear to be reducing speed or direction as it approached the trooper's vehicle. To avoid a front-end collision, the officer swerved into the shoulder and let the vehicle pass.

The trooper then pulled over the vehicle and spoke to the 55-year-old male driver and his 62-year-old female passenger. According to the man's driving record, police had allegedly pulled him over for three prior drunk driving charges since 1984. It is likely because of these prior convictions that the officer suspected drunk driving and offered a preliminary breath test. After refusing the breath test, the man was arrested and his 62-year-old passenger was charged with allowing an intoxicated person to operate a motor vehicle.

The 55-year-old driver was also charged with felony driving while intoxicated and driving with a suspended license, after police determined that his license had been expired since 1987 and that he had seven other traffic convictions for driving on a suspended license.

Situations such as this can be a reminder to everyone in the state of Michigan that drunk driving is considered an incredibly serious offense. Even if you're not the one who is cited for drinking and driving, you may still be charged with a crime for allowing the intoxicated person to operate a motor vehicle.

Source: WLKM.com, "Man arrested for DUI," WLKM radio, Jan. 8, 2013

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