In Riverview, south of Detroit, a 21-year-old man from Brownstown Township was allegedly observed by witnesses as traveling up to 100 miles per hour. It was about 3:30 in the morning when the 21-year-old apparently struck traffic signals on West Jefferson Avenue and Sibley Road.
When the police arrived at the scene of the crash, the Ford Ranger was stopped against one signal and both of them had toppled into the road. Bystanders had rescued the man from inside the Ford Ranger. As he lay in the street, police asked the man if he knew where he was, and he apparently replied that he was in Wyandotte.
He was assessed for personal injuries and taken for treatment to Oakwood Southshore Medical Center in Trenton. Police, suspecting him of drunk driving, also obtained a warrant for a blood sample to test his blood alcohol content.
The BAC reading was reported to be 0.264 percent which is more than three times the legal limit of 0.08 percent. It was reported that he also had cocaine and opiates in his system. Because of the high BAC content, the 21-year-old could be facing enhanced penalties under Michigan's Super Drunk Driving Laws.
Even though it was 3:30 in the morning when the accident occurred, there were a number of witnesses that came forward to describe the 21-year-old's erratic driving prior to the accident. A taxi driver described him as speeding. The cab driver said that when the 21-year-old hit some railroad tracks at a high speed, he lost control of the Ford Ranger and hit the signal poles. Another witness who was on his front porch described the story the same way. Additionally, the tow truck driver found an empty vodka bottle in the Ford Ranger.
Not everyone who is charged with drunk driving has his or her case dismissed. For some people, alcohol treatment is a viable solution. In the case of this 21-year-old, his criminal defense team may present all of the options that are available and let the 21-year-old choose the one that is the best fit for his future.
Source: The News-Herald, "RIVERVIEW: Speeding impaired driver knocks down traffic signals," July 1, 2012