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Troy man sentence under Michigan's tougher DWI laws

A trial court judge in Washtenaw County gave a 24-year-old drunk driver a piece of his mind before sentencing the other day. The man from Troy, Michigan, was sentenced to six months in jail after failing a court-ordered alcohol test last week.

The random check was part of the man's three-year probation following a drunk driving accident in March when he rear-ended a vehicle then registered a blood alcohol content three times the legal limit.

When the judge inquired as to why the man drank when he was ordered not to, he said that a friend's grandmother died and he drank a few beers while grieving.

In addition to the six months in jail, the man was ordered to take medication that causes extremely severe side effects if taken with alcohol. The man was sentenced under new, harsher Michigan drunk driving punishments that are handed out to drivers with a BAC over .17 percent.

At the time of his original infraction, the man pleaded guilty to DWI, having a concealed weapon, failing to stop and possession of marijuana. At approximately 2 a.m. on March 4 the man hit a woman's car, drove away, was stopped by police and had a handgun in his glove box for which he did not have a permit.

Drunk driving accidents can be extremely serious and bring not only criminal consequences for the defendant, but also civil charges. Not only is the driver responsible, but sometimes the bar or restaurant serving the driver can be help partially responsible for your personal injury.

To learn more about car accidents like this one, please visit our Ann Arbor drunk driving accident page.

Source: annarbor.com, "'Super drunk' driver who failed court-order alcohol test last week gets 6 months in jail," John Counts, July 25, 2012

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