2018-08-09 / Courts

Alcohol, drugs the cause of 4 arrests

A 26-year-old man from Traverse City was arrested for drunk driving early Sunday after a two-crash accident.

Deputies responded to the intersection of South Good Harbor Trail and West Eitzen at 12:06 a.m. They found a 1997 Dodge driven by a 25-year-old woman from Lake Leelanau.

While stopped at the intersection, a 2007 Ford Escape driven by a 26-yearold man from Traverse City attempted to make a right turn onto West Eitzen Road, when it struck the other vehicle, according to a deputy’s report.

The driver of the Escape appeared confused at the scene, the report continued, and was arrested for suspicion of operating a vehicle intoxicated.

He was lodged in the Leelanau County Jail.

Neither driver was injured.

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Two alcohol-related arrests and one drug-related arrest were made within a four-hour period last Wednesday, Aug. 1.

About 10:30 p.m. the 911 Dispatch Center received a report of an erratic driver on Bugai Road near East Fouch Road.

A deputy eventually located the vehicle, a 2010 gray Toyota, on S. Lake Leelanau Drive near Morio Road in Suttons Bay Township and observed it swerving. The deputy stopped the vehicle, then found the female driver slumped over the driver’s seat, according to his report. Once awakened, the driver badly slurred her speech, the report stated. The 22-year-old from Houston, Texas, was placed under arrest for suspicion of operating a vehicle intoxicated.

Her blood alcohol content was more than three times the legal limit to drive, the report stated.

About 30 minutes earlier, deputies responded to a fight in progress in the village of Leland near River and Main streets.

A male and female had been arguing. It was determined that the female, who appeared intoxicated, had driven to Leland after several stops at various wineries, the report stated.

The 25-year-old from Millington was placed under arrest for suspicion of operating a vehicle intoxicated. While being arrested, the female kicked the arresting deputy.

She was lodged in the Leelanau County Jail, charged with operating while intoxicated and resisting and obstructing an officer.

Earlier that evening at 7:30, 911 Dispatch received a citizen report of a white Ford van being driven erratically while northbound on Eagle Highway.

Deputies located the van in Suttons Bay Township traveling on N. West Bay Shore Drive.

A traffic stop was made and the driver was identified as a 40-year-old man from Lake Ann.

Upon first contact with deputies, the driver appeared confused and disoriented, their report stated. The driver was determined to be under the influence of several medications that were taken from another location.

He was placed under arrest for driving while impaired by drugs and lodged in the Leelanau County Jail.

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