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Harrison Township man with 16 prior alcohol convictions charged with OWI after two-car collision

North River Road collision sends one man to the hospital

Mt. Clemens resident Tommy Gipson was charged with operating while intoxicated after a Dec. 19 2017 collision in Harrison Twp. (WDIV)

HARRISON TOWNSHIP, Mich. – Tommy Gipson has been charged with operating while intoxicated after a two-car collision on Dec. 19, police said.

At approximately 1 a.m. on Dec. 19, Macomb County deputies were called to a two-vehicle crash in the area of North Road River and eastbound I-94 in Harrison Township. An investigation revealed the crash was caused when a red Ford Tempo traveling eastbound swerved into the westbound lane, colliding with a westbound red Toyota Tacoma, police said.

The driver of the Toyota, a 79-year-old man from Mt. Clemens, was uninjured and released on scene. The Ford's driver, Harrison Township resident Tommy Gipson, was transported to a hospital for minor injuries.

According to authorities, Gipson smelled of intoxicants while at the scene and admitted to consuming alcohol. A search warrant was obtained for his blood which was taken and sent to the lab. Gipson has 16 prior alcohol convictions and his driver’s license was suspended at the time of the incident, police said.

Gipson was transported to the Macomb County Jail after being released from the hospital. He has been charged with operating while intoxicated and operating – license suspended, revoked, denied.

Gipson was arraigned on Thursday in the 41-B District Court of Clinton Township and was given a $500,000 bond. He is due back in court on Jan. 3.