“Super drunk” driver arrested after backing into deputies’ patrol car

Paul Garrod - news4garrod@vineyardpress.biz

     LAWRENCE - A  25-year-old Hartford Township man faces several charges, following his arrest for allegedly being considered “super drunk” last Friday night in Lawrence  Township, according to a press release from the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office.
    Van Buren County Sheriff   Daniel Abbott said on Friday, March 10, at approximately  10:55 p.m., while sheriff’s deputies were on patrol in Lawrence Township at the  intersection of Red Arrow Highway and County Road  681, they observed a subject operating a vehicle at a business preparing to close for the night.
    Deputies said that the  suspect began to drive away from the gas station. As deputies pulled into the gas station parking lot to inquire what the driver was doing, the driver abruptly stopped his vehicle. He then  shifted his Volkswagen Jetta  into reverse and accelerated backwards.  While backing up, he struck the sheriff's  deputies’ cruiser, causing damage to both vehicles.
    Deputies made contact with the driver and found him to be allegedly highly intoxicated.
    A test later showed that the suspect's blood alcohol level was over two times the legal limit and considered by Michigan law to be a “super drunk.”
    The suspect also had his two-year-old son, who was restrained in the vehicle’s back seat at the time. No one was injured in the incident.
    The suspect was transported to the Van Buren County Jail, where he faces charges of   charges of operating while having a high blood alcohol content, along with child endangerment.
    The case will be forwarded to the Van Buren County Prosecutor's Office for prosecution.

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