2017-04-20 / Courts

Deputy overtime yields arrests

State provided OT funds

Leelanau County Sheriff’s Office deputies who were working overtime with funding provided by the state Office of Highway Safety and Planning arrested two suspected drunk drivers early Saturday morning.

At a little after midnight Saturday, a deputy working radar on M-22 near Pathfinder School clocked a black BMW traveling 67 mph in a 45 mph zone, according to a report from the Sheriff’s Office.

When the deputy attempted to pull the vehicle over it continued northbound for about one mile before turning into a private driveway, the report said.

The deputy contacted the driver, a 36-year old Phoenix man. The deputy suspected alcohol was involved and after an investigation the driver was arrested for suspicion of drunken driving, the report said.

He was lodged in the Leelanau County Jail.

At about 1:30 a.m. a deputy patrolling Solon Township observed a 2005 Blue Ford in the parking lot of Grumpy’s Market on M-72.

The deputy found a male subject passed out behind in the driver’s seat of the vehicle, who was identified as a 26-year-old Indianapolis man, a Sheriff’s Office report said.

Upon contact, the deputy allegedly smelled alcohol. After an investigation, the man was arrested for suspicion of drunken driving and for not having a driver’s license, the report said.

The man was lodged in jail.

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A 51-year-old Northport man was arrested for drunken driving after being stopped for speeding on M-22 in Greilickville.

The man was pulled over after a sheriff’s deputy observed a 2002 Mercedes going 53 mph in a 40 mph zone at about 1:40 a.m. last Wednesday, April 12, according to a report from the Sheriff’s Office.

During contact with the 51-year-old the deputy detected a strong odor of alcohol and other signs of intoxication, the report said. The man was arrested for suspicion of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, the report said.

The man has a prior impaired driving conviction from 1998. He was lodged in jail.

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