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Police chase ends in DUI for Marion man

A Michigan man from Marion faces a multitude of criminal charges, including DUI, after he allegedly led police on a chase recently. The man was initially reported driving the wrong way on a road in Montcalm County. Police, who were apparently alerted to a possible DUI, said they located the man driving erratically, prompting them to initiate a traffic stop.

However, the man drove away and reportedly reached speeds of 85 miles per hour while leading police on a chase through Montcalm County. After a brief stop on the lawn of Baldwin Heights Elementary School, the man allegedly backed up and struck a police vehicle. Police say they detained the man after he hit a tree near school grounds.

There were no reports of any field sobriety tests or blood alcohol tests administered. He was injured as a result of the traffic chase and taken to Spectrum United Memorial Hospital for unspecified treatment. Thereafter, he was arrested and subsequently arraigned for DUI and other charges.

While many people may think that a drunk driving conviction results in just a fine, that is simply not true. A DUI conviction can end up on your record and can often result in the suspension of your license. Although that may not seem like a big deal, trying to get to and from work or run errands can be difficult when you have to rely on public transportation or friends and family to get you there.

Because the consequences for DUI can significantly affect your day-to-day life, it's important to remember that a charge is not a conviction. It is not unheard of for people to be wrongly charged with drunk driving, whether because of inaccurate breath test readings or other factors. Strong defenses can be built to challenge DUI charges.

Source: WOOD TV, "Cops: Chase with drunk, erratic driver," April 9, 2012

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