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Man in Michigan faces ninth OWI/DUI charge

A man arrested on Nov. 1 is believed to have been drunk behind the wheel, according to local law enforcement in Macomb County. Michigan authorities arrested the 49-year-old man and charged him with OWI/DUI - the ninth time he will face such charges. He was due back in a district court on Nov. 14 for a probable cause conference after being arraigned on Nov. 6. 

According to reports provided by police, the man was found in his vehicle around 1 a.m. after the vehicle allegedly struck a mailbox before running into the guard wires of an energy pole which caused the pole to snap. Police say they found the man inside the vehicle, which was resting against the wires. He initially refused a breath test, so officers obtained a warrant for a blood sample. The man was arrested on the scene.

The man suffered injuries in the crash and was taken to a local hospital for treatment, causing the arraignment to be delayed. His prior convictions for DUI mean his current charge is considered a felony under state law. He also faces three misdemeanor charges including operating a vehicle without a license, operating without security and unlawful use of a license plate. If he is found guilty again, he could lose his license for good and possibly face jail time. 

However, certain factors need to be considered by Michigan prosecutors in this case. As this is the man's ninth OWI/DUI charge, it could be reasonably stated the man has a problem with alcohol. Given the seriousness of alcoholism as a disease, his defense representation may be able to enter a plea bargain into court to reduce his sentence if he agrees to court-mandated rehabilitation. 

Source: Clinton Township, MI Patch, "Macomb County Man Arraigned on 9th Drunk Driving Charge", Scott Daniel, Nov. 7, 2017

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