At this time of year, people are out shopping for Christmas presents and creating more business for stores and restaurants. However, one Michigan restaurant is concerned about the effect a recent crash may have on its business during this busy time of the year. As a result of the crash, one man now faces a possible drunk driving conviction.
Police took a Kingsley man into custody for allegedly driving drunk after they located his heavily damaged pickup truck on River Road shortly after 3 a.m. in East Bay Township on Dec. 6. The 27-year-old man, who was apprehended in a vehicle parked at a nearby hospital, faces charges of operating while intoxicated and leaving the scene of an injury accident.
Authorities say a 26-year-old male driver was highly intoxicated when he struck a power pole and then left the accident scene on Nov. 4. The man from Elmwood Township was taken into custody after a witness provided a description of his vehicle to sheriff's deputies. The driver was charged with having a blood alcohol content in excess of .17 percent at the time of the accident, which, under Michigan's DUI law, exposes him to harsher penalties if convicted on the charge.
A Michigan man was taken into police custody and charged with driving while intoxicated at approximately 9 p.m. on Oct. 25. The 36-year-old Lawton resident was riding a John Deere lawnmower and headed north on CR 657 at the time of his arrest. He was apprehended near 60th Avenue, and authorities report that his lawn mower was pulling a trailer and had self-attached headlights. Depending on the year of manufacture, tractors on Michigan roads must have proper headlights and break lights installed.
A Michigan woman was accused of drunk driving after an accident in Kalamazoo that caused a gas leak on Aug. 14. Following the crash, the woman was taken into custody and charged for leaving the scene of an accident and drinking and driving.
Being arrested for OWI in Kalamazoo definitely isn't something one looks forward to. Yet it also doesn't automatically mean that a conviction is forthcoming, either. Law enforcement officials are required to follow very strict procedures when it comes to testing one's blood alcohol content (BAC). Even the slightest deviation from those procedures can open their case up to scrutiny. The ability for one to recognize those times when evidence to be used against him or her at trial was collected improperly could mean the difference between a conviction and exoneration.
Even after a night of drinking at a Kalamazoo bar or club, there may be those who feel as though they’re OK to drive home. They may feel as though they know themselves better than anyone, and thus also know when they’re impaired and when they’re not. They may also mistakenly believe that even if something happens, they’re only hurting themselves. That line of thinking can easily get one arrested for OWI or, worse yet, cause an accident that takes the life of another.
While it's certainly advised that one should avoid a charge of operating while intoxicated at costs, thousands are still arrested on Michigan roads every year for this offense. The most frightening aspect of these arrests may be that often, these drivers aren't alone in their vehicles. And while adults will most likely have the good sense to not ride with an intoxicated driver, children are not often afforded that luxury. Sadly, if and when accidents do occur, it's often the child passengers, not the drivers, who end up with the worst of it.
For those who’ve already been arrested and convicted for OWI in Kalamazoo, the hope is that a lesson was learned and that they would never choose to engage in such activities again. Anyone who later faces a repeat OWI charge could possibly be looking at a much harsher sentence, ranging from long-term license revocation, vehicle forfeiture, and mandatory incarceration. Those penalties can be compounded even further the offense involved other criminal activity, as well.
Sometimes, in certain situations where people are put on the spot, they may do or say things that they later regret. This can be especially true when a person is confronted by law enforcement in Kalamazoo. This type of authority figure can be intimidating, and a person may find him or herself admitting to things that actually were not his or her fault.