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OWI/DUI: man faces charges in Michigan

A 26-year-old man is awaiting trial following an accident police believe was the result of him driving under the influence, according to local sources. The man faces OWI/DUI charges following a collision involving two Michigan police vehicles. He is currently in custody, being held against $30,000 bail. 

Michigan police report the man, who was allegedly driving a vehicle registered to his girlfriend at the time, was traveling southbound when it appeared he lost control of the SUV. Police dashboard cameras recorded the crash, which saw the SUV smash into the center median before striking two separate police cruisers that had been operating with their lights engaged. While the two officers in the vehicles sustained only minor injuries, the force of the impact totalled all three vehicles. One of the two squad cars was brand-new, and its loss constitutes a budgetary hit for the police force. 

Police say the man did not have permission from his girlfriend to drive her vehicle. He was arrested on the scene and charged with operating while intoxicated, operating without a license and unlawful use of a motor vehicle. It is unclear from the report what kind of sobriety tests were conducted, if any. So far, no court date has been announced. 

While the dash cam footage can provide compelling evidence of the particulars of the accident, the question of the man's OWI/DUI status cannot be answered through such footage. Instead, Michigan prosecutors will have to prove through use of blood alcohol testing that the man was drunk behind the wheel. The man's defense representation will carefully review the results of any such testing, as well as the record of the arrest, to determine whether the man's rights were violated at any point. A failure to comply with due process on the part of the police could result in the charges against the accused man being reduced or even dropped altogether. 

Source: fox2detroit.com, "Man charged with crashing into Roseville cop cars drunk had suspended license", Randy Wimbley, Jan. 4, 2018

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