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Workers work for three hours to extricate woman

When an intoxicated driver gets behind the wheel of a car in Michigan they put everyone at risk. They are of course at risk of crashing into another vehicle or a pedestrian and injuring a person with whom they had no prior association. But often in drunk driving accidents, the driver will lose control of the car without the involvement of any other vehicle resulting in a single car crash. While this can of course injure the drunk driver themselves, it is also likely to cause injuries to any other occupants of their vehicle.

Last weekend, a female passenger suffered injuries in a drunk driving accident. The driver, a 48-year-old man, left the scene of the accident. When rescue workers finally arrived, it took them three hours to cut her out of the crumpled vehicle, according to Van Buren County Sheriff's Office. The 46-year-old woman suffered leg injuries. She was flown to the Bronson Methodist Hospital. By Monday morning, she was listed in good condition.

Witnesses at the scene told police that the man got a ride away from the scene. The deputies located the man and brought him back to the scene of the accident. A police investigation showed that he was driving under the influence and that his blood alcohol content was .16. The blood alcohol test was taken three hours after the accident, according to a news release from the Van Buren County Sheriff's Office.

A Van Buren County Sheriff's Office spokesperson said that .17 is what they consider to be "super drunk." He also stated that it is up to prosecutors to determine what charges will be filed against the man. Drivers have a duty to ensure that their driving does not injure others, including the driver's passengers. The driver is in Van Buren County Jail waiting on charges.

Source: MLive.com "Woman's extrication from crash takes 3 hours, driver flees scene, police say," Rosemary Parker, Feb. 27, 2012

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