A man believed to have been drunk at the wheel is facing serious charges, according to local police. The Fenton, Michigan, man faces some 19 felony charges, including OWI/DUI and second-degree murder after an accident that claimed five lives back in May. If convicted, the man could face up to life in a correctional facility.
According to the accident report, the 21-year-old man was traveling with several passengers in his vehicle when the accident occurred. Allegedly, he failed to stop for a stop sign while traveling at some 100 mph, causing his vehicle to strike another with tremendous force. Two passengers in his vehicle were killed, along with three people in the other vehicle. Several other people, including the accused driver himself, were critically injured in the crash.
Police declined to comment on the man's blood alcohol level when the crash took place. However, they have assured the press the man was "well above" the legal limit to drive in Michigan, which is .08 BAC. He now faces a litany of charges, including second-degree murder, five counts of OWI causing serious injury and/or death, several more counts of driving without a license and more.
OWI/DUI cases can sometimes be difficult to prosecute if an individual's level of intoxication cannot be confirmed. In cases where the accused driver is badly hurt, it is not always possible to take effective readings upon arrival at the hospital. Michigan prosecutors will have to prove the man was driving drunk when the accident occurred, or the defense could argue that his blood alcohol level (when taken) did not accurately reflect his state at the time of the crash.
Source: mlive.com, "Driver charged in death of 5 was drunk, speeding near 100 mph, police say", Darcy Moran, July 17, 2017