2016-09-15 / Courts

Drunk drivers come in ‘threes’

At least three drunken drivers were taken off the streets over the past week by Leelanau County Sheriff’s Office deputies.

The following reports were provided to the Enterprise:

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A 71-year-old Maple City man was hospitalized after crashing into a deer and being thrown from his motorcycle at about 8:20 p.m. Sunday.

The man had been heading north on Bright Road in Kasson Township on his 2008 Harley Davidson when a deer ran into the road, a police report stated. The man hit the deer, lost control and was thrown from the bike. The deer was killed.

Cedar Fire and Rescue personnel responded to the accident, transporting the man to Munson Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.

While there, it was determined that the man was intoxicated.

The Leelanau County Prosecutor’s Office will review the case for charges of drunken driving.

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A 29-year-old Cadillac man was arrested Sept. 6 on a litany of charges after being pulled over in Suttons Bay for pulling a trailer without a license plate. Those charges included drunken driving, possession of a firearm while intoxicated and open intoxicants in a vehicle.

Sheriff’s deputies also found drug paraphernalia in the man’s Ford pickup truck.

When the man was pulled over at about 7:20 p.m., the deputy smelled alcohol and saw a rifle in a case on the passenger’s seat.

An investigation determined the driver was intoxicated. The weapon, a .22 caliber rifle, was found to be loaded. Deputies also found a sheathed knife in the vehicle.

The man was given a room in the Leelanau County Jail.

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A 41-year-old Traverse City man was arrested for drunken driving and driving on a suspended license, second offense, on Sept. 5 after being pulled over for speeding on South Lake Leelanau Drive.

The man was stopped at about 8:50 a.m. by a deputy running stationary radar. The man, who was driving a green GMC pick-up truck, was clocked going 55 mph in a posted 45 mph zone.

In addition to determining that the man had previously been convicted of driving on a suspended license, the deputy found that the truck was not properly registered.

And while being booked into jail the man’s actions indicated he may be intoxicated, with further investigation determining that he was, the report said.

The 41-year-old was lodged.

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