2018-01-04 / Courts

Deputies find intoxicated drivers when following up on 911 calls

Two people face drunk driving charges after putting their vehicles in the ditch since Dec. 26, according to reports provided by the Leelanau County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies responded at 7:30 Monday morning to a report of a vehicle stuck in a snowbank on West MacFarlane Road east of South Plowman Road.

Upon arrival deputies spoke to two witnesses who had observed a bluish-gray Honda stuck in the snowbank with the vehicle in reverse. The drive was reported behind the steering wheel passed out.

Glen Lake Fire and Rescue had responded and were speaking with the driver in their ambulance.

The driver, a 28-year-old man from Traverse City, tried to tell the deputies that his girlfriend had driven the vehicle in to the snowbank although she was currently in Grawn.

The driver showed signs of being highly intoxicated and refused to cooperate with deputies, the report stated. He was placed under arrest for suspicion of operating a motor vehicle while in intoxicated and for driving on a suspended driver’s license.

The driver had nine prior convictions for operating with a suspended license. He was lodged in the Leelanau County Jail.

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A 25-year-old man from Royal Oak was ticketed last week after sliding through an intersection and landing between two homes.

Deputies responded to a one-car crash about 10:29 p.m. last Wednesday to the intersection of West Glenmere Road and South Benzonia Trail.

Deputies found a 2018 Porsche off the north side of the intersection between two homes along little Glen Lake.

The driver, who was uninjured, stated he did not realize the hill coming northbound was as steep as it was and due to the slippery road surface, he was unable to stop for the signed intersection.

The car traveled through the intersection as the drive was able to avoid the homes but the Porsche did strike a utility pole.

The car was towed from the scene by Bingham Towing.

The drive was issued a citation for violation of the basic speed law.

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A Cedar man was arrested last week after he was found intoxicated inside his pick-up truck in the ditch.

Deputies responded about 6:30 p.m. Dec. 26 to Bodus Road in Centerville Township on a call of a plow truck off the roadway into the ditch.

The plow truck driver believed the driver was intoxicated and stated he was also acting aggressively.

Deputies found the man in the driver’s seat of the pick up. The man had been plowing a driveway when he became stuck in the ditch.

An investigation found the man exhibited signs of extreme intoxication. The subject was placed under arrest for suspicion of operating a vehicle while intoxicated.

After doing so, the man refused to cooperate at which time he was removed from his truck and carried to a waiting patrol vehicle, the police report states.

The man was transported to the Leelanau County Jail and lodged for second-offense Operating While Intoxicated (OWI) and resisting and obstructing law enforcement.

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A 21-year-old Traverse City woman was arrested after her car went into the ditch in Bingham Township last week.

Deputies responded to South Lake Leelanau Drive just south of O’Brien Road about 9:20 a.m. last Thursday, Dec. 28 where a 1999 Ford was off the roadway.

After identifying the woman as the driver of the car, deputies checked with dispatchers and learned she was operating on a suspended license.

She was also wanted in Otsego County on a statewide warrant for child support.

The driver was arrested on the outstanding warrant and lodged in the Leelanau County jail.

A report will be sent to the Prosecutor’s Office for review on the suspended driver’s license charge.

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