2017-12-28 / Courts

Alcohol, drugs part of holiday driving

Two drivers in a five-day period were arrested for operating under the influence of drugs or alcohol in Leelanau County.

Shortly after 2 a.m. Saturday morning a 33-year-old Traverse City man was arrested after a traffic stop on Cherry Bend Road near Sylvia St.

Deputies stopped a 1998 silver Volkswagen for a speed violation and during contact with the driver, determined that he had been drinking alcohol. He also had in his possession a glass bottle with yellow fluid which turned out to be coconut oil laced with THC.

After an investigation, the driver was arrested for suspicion of operating a vehicle intoxicated and possession of THC.

The driver was not a medical marijuana card holder.

He was lodged in the Leelanau County Jail.

A 42-year-old Maple City woman was arrested after a traffic crash last week.

Deputies and Cedar Area Fire and Rescue responded just before 5 p.m. Dec. 18 to a vehicle off the roadway on South Lake Shore Drive near Hidden Beach Road.

Upon arrival, emergency personnel found a 2008 white Chevrolet van off the south side of the roadway on its side. The driver was not injured.

The vehicle had been southbound when the drive lost control and left the roadway. While talking with the driver, the deputy detected a strong odor of alcohol.

The investigation ended with the driver’s arrest for suspicion of operating while intoxicated.

She was lodged in the Leelanau County Jail where her blood alcohol tested at twice the legal limit to drive a vehicle.

The driver has one prior conviction for operating while impaired.

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