The level of alcohol in the blood stream of a driver is a major determining factor for DUI charges in Michigan. Authorities must be able to prove to a court that any person charged with DUI crimes had a blood alcohol level above the legal limit. Tests can include field sobriety tests as well as blood or breath tests and can be given at the accident or later at a police station or hospital.
Ypsilanti, Michigan, police arrested a man on DUI charges after he reportedly left the scene of an accident early on Sunday, March 4. The crash occurred in downtown Ypsilanti when the man allegedly struck another car from behind near the intersection of Washington and Ferris streets. As the woman accident victim called police, reports say that the man got in his car and drove away. Police arrested him just a few blocks away from the scene.
The driver was charged under Michigan's super drunk law that carries harsher penalties for those who register a blood alcohol level above 0.17 percent. Drunk driving charges can also result from a blood alcohol level of 0.08. Police say that the arrested man was given several tests and had blood alcohol levels of 0.24 and 0.26 following the collision.
After the arrest, the accused man was arraigned and is expected to appear in court on March 13. As those who have been accused of drunk driving wait to be formally charged, they may want to consider their options before deciding how to plead. These options may include challenging the results of the tests administered at the accident scene as well as questioning evidence presented. Drunk driving allegations are not to be taken lightly, but it is important to keep in mind that strong defenses can be built to challenge them.
Source: AnnArbor.com, "'Super drunk' driver arrested with gun after hit-and-run crash," Kyle Feldscher, March 7, 2012