'Super drunk' Berkley woman accused of biting cop

Police: 19-year-old crashes vehicle while driving 'super drunk,' in Ypsilanti

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YPSILANTI, Mich. - A 19-year-old Berkley woman who police say crashed a vehicle in Ypsilanti while driving "super drunk" and then bit an officer on the arm while resisting arrest was arraigned earlier this month on numerous charges.

At a hearing on Jan. 16, Catherine Demery had a preliminary examination scheduled for Feb. 13, according to court records.

Demery is charged with unlawful use of a motor vehicle, operating while intoxicated, second offense, operating with a blood alcohol content higher than .17, minor operating with any amount of BAC, two counts of resisting or assaulting a police officer, possession of marijuana, malicious destruction of property, driving with a suspended license and minor in possession of alcohol.

Michigan's "super drunk" driving law has enhanced penalties for anyone caught driving with a blood-alcohol content of .17 percent or higher.

Ypsilanti police were called to the intersection of Hamilton and Olive streets around 10 p.m. Sept. 7 after Demery crashed the vehicle she was driving, Detective Sgt. Thomas Eberts said.

"It was obvious she was pretty intoxicated at the time," Eberts said.

Demery failed sobriety tests and resisted arrest.

"She bit an officer," Eberts said.

Though he was bitten on the arm, the officer required no medical attention, according to Eberts.

It turned out the vehicle belonged to Demery's boyfriend, and she did not have permission to drive it, police said.

Officials did a blood draw. The results didn't come back for several weeks, and an arrest warrant wasn't issued until December.

Court records indicate Demery was arraigned on the charges Jan. 9. She was given a $5,000 personal recognizance bond by Magistrate Elisha Fink, according to the records.

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