Michigan State Police urge people to not drink and drive New Year’s Eve
“We’ve arrested over 70 impaired drivers this month alone,” said Michigan State Police Lt. Michael Shaw. “We know people are still going out, even if there’s nowhere to go.”Shaw said that number will likely increase on New Year’s Eve. You can drink as much as you want, you can smoke as much as you want. The campaign was started in 1997 after Sandra Latham, a Detroit grandmother, was killed by celebratory gunfire sitting in her dinning room. For the 23rd year, Hood is asking residents to put away their guns and find a safer way to bring in the new year.
Police arrest drunk driver going nearly 100mph in Madison Heights
MADISON HEIGHTS, Mich. – Michigan State Police troopers said they pulled over a man who was driving 97 miles per hour Saturday on I-696 in Madison Heights. According to authorities, troopers determined he was driving under the influence and had a blood alcohol content of .19. It is illegal to drive in Michigan with a BAC of at least .08 with enhanced penalties for anyone driving with a BAC of .17 or higher. Police said he was arrested for Operating While Intoxicated -- High BAC and Driving with a Suspended License. Police said the passenger in the vehicle had a semiautomatic pistol in his waistband, which he announced was “open carry.” Troopers said he was also intoxicated and was arrested for carrying a concealed weapon.
Oakland County Sheriff’s patrol car struck by driver operating while intoxicated
OAKLAND COUNTY, Mich. – The driver of a red Chevrolet SUV was taken into custody Thursday morning after colliding with an Oakland County Sheriff’s vehicle. According to authorities, the incident happened just after 5 a.m. when a deputy driving northbound on Dixie Highway was struck by an southbound SUV that appeared to be waiting to turn in to a gas station. Police said the SUV abruptly came into the deputy’s lane of travel, who evaded a head-on collision, but was still struck by the SUV. The patrol vehicle sustained major damage to the driver side front and was not drive-able and the Chevrolet SUV had damage to the driver side front panel. Police said the driver of the Chevrolet SUV was determined to be operating the vehicle while intoxicated and after an OWI blood draw was completed, the driver of the SUV was lodged at the Oakland County Jail.
Woman arrested for driving while intoxicated after motorcyclist dies in Groveland Township crash
GROVELAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. A motorcyclist was killed when a woman rear-ended them at a high rate of speed early Sunday morning, officials say. Michigan State Police say at about 3:30 a.m. a woman was traveling north on I-75 near Lahring Road at a high rate of speed when she rear-ended the motorcycle. The motorcyclist was killed from the impact of the crash, officials said. The woman who struck the motorcyclist was arrested for operating her vehicle while intoxicated. Northbound lanes of I-75 and two southbound lanes were closed on Sunday following the crash.
9-year old killed crash on Detroits west side, father charged
DETROIT Kelvin Jerome Simpson II was charged Tuesday in connection to a collision that killed his 9-year-old son. According to authorities, the crash happened in the 14000 block of Minock Street at about 3 a.m. Sunday. Tuesday, Simpson was charged with second degree homicide, operating with a high blood alcohol concentration causing death, operating while intoxicated causing death, operating while license suspended causing death, operating with a high blood alcohol content causing serious injury and second degree child abuse. Court documents claim Simpson stood mute and a plea of not guilty was entered by the court. He is being held without bail and is expected to return to court Aug. 4.
Family turns tragic Roseville collision into action, urges residents to not drink and drive
ROSEVILLE, Mich. A family spent hours in the scorching heat in Roseville to drive home an important message during the Independence Day weekend. In 2019, the family lost their 4-year-old in a suspected drunk driving crash. Friends and family members gathered at the intersection where the collision happened in hopes that drivers will think twice before driving under the influence. At about 11 p.m., the vehicles collided in the intersection of Little Mack Avenue and Masonic Road. At the time police said it was unclear which driver ran the red light, but suspected the other driver was under the influence.
Pontiac man arrested after driving into telephone pole, fleeing, resisting arrest, police say
PONTIAC, Mich. A 43-year-old man was arrested for driving into a telephone pole then fleeing the scene in Pontiac on Sunday morning. Police say a witness saw the man drive into a telephone pole on Dakota Street and then flee the scene on a skateboard around 10:30 a.m. The deputy ordered the man to drop the tire but he swung it in the deputys direction before dropping it. Another deputy arrived and they arrested the man without further incident, police say. The Pontiac man was transported to Oakland County Jail.
Michigan State Police director testifies about investigation into breathalyzers
DETROIT – The Michigan State Police director testified Thursday in Lansing about the department’s investigation into discrepancies with breathalyzer testing. Police are taking all 203 Datamaster DMT evidential breath alcohol testing instruments out of service until police can inspect them and make sure each device is properly calibrated. April 2019 -- MSP put additional workflow requirements in place with the vendor to ensure compliance with state law and administrative rules and move toward accreditation. Aug. 21, 2019 -- MSP received a corrective action plan from Intoximeters that outlined their action plan to correct the contractual failures. Aug. 23, 2019 -- An Intoximeters technician committed a serious error that resulted in the dismissal of an OWI case in Montcalm County.