New Haven man with 8 OWI convictions causes single car crash while allegedly intoxicated

Felony charges after collision with mailbox, power pole


RAY TOWNSHIP, Mich. – A New Haven man was taken into custody after his ninth potential OWI conviction.

According to authorities, Macomb County Sheriff's Office deputies came across a single vehicle crash that had recently occurred on 26 Mile Road at about 1 a.m. Monday.

A crashed 1996 blue Plymouth Voyager was resting against guard wires for a DTE pole that had snapped from the collision. 

The suspect is a 49-year-old white man from New Haven, who had driven off the road, striking a residential mailbox before colliding with the guard wires to the pole. 

Authorities said he showed clear signs of intoxication and a search warrant for his blood was obtained after the man refused a preliminary breath test. He was taken into custody for operating while intoxicated and was taken to a hospital. He has eight prior OWI convictions.

He is being charged with OWI III, operating while license suspended, motor vehicle operation without security, and license plate unlawful use.

Macomb County Road Commission shut the road down briefly so the damaged pole could be repaired.

The driver will be arraigned when he is medically cleared.

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