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Michigan dog intervenes when owner is charged with DUI

As we have talked about before, a driver who has been drinking may be discovered by police during something as common as a routine traffic stop. In some situations, a traffic stop can lead to an arrest on DUI-related charges. Those charges can be especially serious if a child is in the car.

In a recent incident, a man from Mason was charged with DUI-related offenses after an altercation with police. Authorities claim that he appeared intoxicated and noticed that a child was in the car with him. They followed him home where they say they tried to make contact with him. However, they say the man refused to speak with them.

While at the man's home, authorities say that he put his hands on an officer. When the touching occurred, police say they sprayed the man with pepper spray and Tasered him. As this incident was occurring, the man's dog entered the scuffle and bit one of the officers repeatedly. The man was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated and endangering a minor.

The man may face serious penalties if his arrest results in a conviction, though a lot must occur before there is any possibility of that. Indeed, there is no indication that a field sobriety test or Breathalyzer was administered at the scene. As such, evidence of what actually occurred may come down to the testimony of the officers, and DUI charges without a blood alcohol reading may be difficult to prove in court.

Source: Lansing State Journal, "Dog attacks police officer during Taser, pepper spray melee," Laura Misjak, May 15, 2012

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