Michigan Man Crashes into ''Drive Sober'' Sign, Arrested for Driving Under the Influence

September 30, 2014
by The Law Office of Steven L. Schwartz

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Earlier last month in Grand Blanc Township, a man was arrested for driving under the influence after he crashed his Ford F-150 truck through a construction zone and onto the police department grounds. According to a report by M Live, the accident occurred in late August just after two in the morning at the 2000 block of Lincoln Manor Drive and Frank Avenue.

Evidently, police noticed that the F-150 was stopped at the intersection, although there was no stop sign at that particular intersection. They started to follow the vehicle until it pulled into a driveway. Police noticed that the truck had two flat tires and initiated a traffic stop to investigate further.

Police then noticed that the truck had significant front-end damage and asked the driver out of the car. The driver had no shoes on and allegedly told the officers that he had “a lot” to drink. However, when asked what he hit to cause the front-end damage, the driver allegedly wouldn’t respond.

Police took a sample of the man’s blood and found that he had a blood-alcohol content of .25, three times the legal limit in Michigan. The next morning, officers noticed that there was property damage in the area, including a “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” sign near the police station.

Drunk Driving Prosecutions in Michigan

Michigan takes drunk driving and related crimes very seriously. Anytime someone operates a vehicle with a blood-alcohol content of .08 or greater, they are in violation of state law and can be arrested for drunk driving. In some cases, there may even be a lower maximum-BAC, such as for minors and commercial drivers.

In Michigan, even a first-time offender can experience some serious sanctions. For example, Michigan law permits a first-time Operating While Intoxicated (OWI) offender to be sentenced to the following:

  • Up to 93 days in jail;
  • A fine of up to $500;
  • A license suspension of up to six months; and
  • The installation of an Interlock Ignition Device on all registered vehicles
Defending Against a OWI Charge

If you have been arrested for an OWI charge, you may want to challenge the basis for the traffic stop, to show that your driving was not actually impaired, or to challenge the accuracy of the tests that were performed indicating your level of intoxication. The specific defense that is best for your case, however, should only be determined after speaking to a dedicated Michigan OWI defense attorney.

Have You Been Arrested for an OWI Offense?

If you have recently been arrested for any kind of OWI offense, your freedom and financial well-being may be at risk. To make sure that you are treated fairly by the system, contact an experienced Michigan criminal defense attorney to help you come up with any possible defenses or challenges to your arrest. Call (240) 930-5019 to speak to a dedicated criminal defense attorney about your case today.

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