2018-07-26 / Courts

Third time no charm for drunk driving

BURNS BURNS A 37-year-old Houghton Lake man was arraigned this week on a third-offense drunk driving charge.

Todd A. Burns waived his preliminary exam and was bound over Tuesday during his Circuit Court arraignment on charges stemming from a June 29 traffic stop in Elmwood Township.

According to court documents, Burns was stopped because his vehicle had a non-functioning rear tail light and a driver side brake light out.

The deputy noted Burns was slow to respond and smelled of intoxicants, according to the report. He also had glassy eyes and slurred speech, the report continued.

Burns then admitted to drinking in Traverse City, the complaint states, and failed a roadside sobriety test. A preliminary breath test registered a .204 reading, more than twice the legal limit of .08.

He faces charges of third-offense drunk driving, driving with a suspended/ revoked license and habitual offender.

Burns has previous convictions of operating while intoxicated on July 12, 2004, in 83rd District Court in Roscommon County and Sept. 1, 2016, in Isabella County.

Third offense drunk driving is a 5-year felony.

His record of convictions for resisting and obstructing an officer and malicious destruction of property could double the penalty on the latest charge.

Burns remains free on bond pending his next court date Aug. 6.

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