2017-06-08 / Courts

13th Circuit Court

Chief Judge, Thomas G. Power
Judge, Philip E. Rodgers, Jr.

A 59-year-old Maple City man pleaded guilty in 13th Circuit Court on Monday to drunken driving causing serious injury.

Dwayne A. Mikowski, of 8967 S. Maple Road, was arrested following a March incident in which Mikowski’s vehicle struck 70-year-old Thomas M. Mallery of Cedar while he was crossing South Lake Shore Drive to pick up his mail, according to court records.

An investigation of the accident determined that Mikowski, who had a PBT of .159, had been northbound on South Lake Shore Drive and was rounding a curve near Laskey Road when he came upon Mallery crossing the road. A PBT of .08 constitutes drunken driving.

He then veered over the centerline and struck Mallery, the report states. When deputies arrived, Mikowski’s vehicle was off the road and Mallery was on the ground next to the vehicle, reports said.

The accident took place near the intersection of South Lake Shore Drive and Laskey Road in Centerville Township.

Mikowski has two prior convictions for drunken driving in 1992 and 2000 in Leelanau County, and in 2011 in Grand Traverse County.

Mikowski has been free on a 10 percent, $10,000 bond.

A pre-sentence investigation has been ordered for Mikowski, who will be sentenced on July 3.

In other Circuit Court news:

 Roman G. Gonzalez, 42, of downstate Wyoming, pleaded guilty to third offense drunken driving and being a two-time habitual offender.

In return for his guilty plea, Gonzalez will not be charged as a three-time habitual offender.

Gonzalez was arrested in March after being stopped for speeding on South Good Harbor Trail north of Cedar. He has prior drunk driving offenses from 1999, 2002 and 2011, all out of the Grand Rapids area.

A pre-sentence investigation has been ordered for Gonzalez; his sentencing has been set for June 29.

 Jeremy A. Bower, 25, pleaded guilty to charges of delivery/manufacture of a controlled substance, receiving and concealing a stolen weapon, and possession of a firearm by a felon.

In a plea agreement, a second charge of delivery/manufacture of a controlled substance, felony firearm and maintaining a drug house were dismissed.

The charges stem from a March raid of his 10010 S. Center Highway home by Traverse Narcotics Team officers. Marijuana, 48 grams of cocaine and a stolen firearm were found in that raid.

Bower also fled the home through a back window and was picked up four days later in Lake Ann.

A presentence investigation has been ordered for Bower, with his sentencing set for June 29.

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