Michigan State Police recently responded to a report involving a vehicle that crashed into a ditch in Tuscola County. According to the crash report, the incident occurred on a recent Thursday evening, and what followed caused the driver to be arrested and charged with felonies. Police arrived at the scene at about 9:20 p.m. Reportedly, police found the crashed vehicle in a ditch, but it was unoccupied.
However, the police located the driver after some investigation. They arrested the 53-year-old man on charges of drunk driving. According to the troopers, the alleged drunk driver became antagonistic during the trip to the county jail. He allegedly assaulted the officer while en route and also kicked out the police vehicle’s windshield. During his assault of the driver, the patrol car narrowly missed another crash.
This was reported to be this person’s 13th arrest for driving while under the influence of alcohol. He was jailed to await arraignment on multiple charges. The charges include three felony charges for a 13th impaired driving offense, malicious destruction of the patrol car, and also for assault and obstructing or resisting the police officer.
Along with the felonies, the charges also included three misdemeanor charges for operating a vehicle on a license that had been suspended, failure to report a vehicle accident and for having an open alcohol container in the car while driving. The media report does not include details about the procedures used to determine the BAC level of this Michigan man. That is likely one aspect that will be scrutinized as a part of his defense. These are only allegations, and unless or until his guilt is proved beyond a reasonable doubt, no conviction can occur.