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Man driving with three kids facing drunk driving charges

A blood alcohol content test resulted in the arrest of man returning home from a University of Michigan football game in Ann Arbor. Police arrested the man for suspected driving while drinking after his vehicle clipped a semi-truck on Interstate 94 close to Mount Hope Road. In addition to the failed blood alcohol tests, the man could face harsher consequences because he had his three children in the vehicle with him.

The incident took place around 2:45 p.m. on Oct. 1 as the man tried to change from the left lane to the right lane on I-94 west. As he was doing so, his vehicle clipped the rear of a tractor-trailer. The impact sheered the man's right front wheel off, according to a Michigan State Police trooper.

Police responding to the incident discovered that man had his sons with him. Their ages were reported as 11, 7 and 3 years old. According to the trooper, he and his partner could detect alcohol on the man's breath. The man failed field sobriety tests and his blood alcohol test revealed a level twice the legal limit, which is 0.08 percent. As a result, he was arrested and his wife was contacted to pick up the children.

This individual may find it hard to garner any sympathy from the public at large, but he is entitled to an aggressive legal defense. There are many factors outside of the accused's control in a drunk driving arrest, such as the conditions where a sobriety test is being conducted or the state of the equipment being used for a blood alcohol content test. An experienced attorney can help ensure that all legal rights are respected.

Source: Citizen Patriot, "Grand Rapids man, returning from the Michigan football game, arrested for suspected drunken driving with three sons in the vehicle," Aaron Aupperlee, Oct. 2, 2011

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