As I have discussed in previous posts, law enforcement officers in Ann Arbor take drinking and driving very seriously. In fact, a DUI can follow some people around for years. In a recent case, a wide receiver for the University of Michigan football team was sentenced to jail after violating probation terms from a DUI he received this summer.
As many Michigan drivers know, law enforcement officials across the state take drunk driving very seriously. A recent report about DUI-related car accidents may be further indication that police efforts to combat driving while intoxicated are stronger than ever.
A 28-year-old Kalamazoo man was relieved this month when prosecutors determined that he was not responsible for the crash that seriously injured a 24-year-old man back in September.
I have posted numerous times about people in the Ann Arbor area who have been arrested for DUI, so it should come as no surprise that police in the area take drunk driving very seriously. Speaking further to this, the Washentaw County Sheriff's Office announced last week that its offices will be increasing DUI patrols this holiday season. Police said the crackdown began last Friday and will continue through Jan. 2.
When it comes to drinking and driving in Michigan, penalties can be harsh, and the effects can be long lasting. When someone younger than 21 is charged with drunk driving, they need to be aware of what could happen to them if they are convicted. A 19-year-old Howell man is facing that reality after being charged with DUI right after having to say goodbye to a friend who was about to be deployed to Afghanistan.
Detroit Pistons' center Ben Wallace could be sentenced to three months in jail after he entered a guilty plea earlier this month for driving while intoxicated and possessing a firearm under the influence of alcohol.
Ann Arbor, Michigan, readers may remember an incident in 2008 when a MegaBus driver was arrested here for DUI. This time a MegaBus driver was arrested near Iowa City, Iowa, for drunk driving. The bus driver was carrying passengers from Chicago to Des Moines, when it was pulled over on Interstate 80 for failure to maintain a lane. A passenger related that he felt the bus swerve a few times, but did not suspect the driver of DUI. But when the bus pulled over, Iowa state troopers had the bus driver perform field sobriety tests, which the driver allegedly failed.
On Sept. 27, two drivers were injured in a collision on Carpenter Road in Pittsfield Township, Michigan. The accident involved a 2002 Chrysler Sebring driven by an Ann Arbor man, and a 1998 Ford Windstar minivan driven by a man from Pittsfield Township. Neither driver received life-threatening injuries, though both had to be taken to local hospitals for treatment. Although the Sebring's driver said he was drinking prior to crash, no DWI or DUI charges have been filed as of yet. However, it appears police requested the 20-year-old driver of the Sebring to submit to a blood alcohol content test at the hospital, and indications are he consented.
On Aug. 4, a Washtenaw County dispatcher took a call from a man who told him, "I just hit somebody on Marshall Road." Per protocol, the dispatcher directed the man to return to the scene of the accident. However, earlier this month the dispatcher testified in court that he wouldn't have instructed the caller to return to the crash location if he had any indication that he was intoxicated. The 43-year-old driver now faces DUI-related charges, including operating while intoxicated causing death and leaving the scene of an accident. If convicted, he could face a significant prison sentence.
A young Michigan woman who lost control of the car she was driving while intoxicated, injuring three passengers, will serve up to five years in prison. She is also facing a lawsuit from one of the passengers, who suffered a head injury in the accident.