2017-03-16 / News

Roscommon man arrested for OWI after hitting utility pole

Roscommon County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested a 40-year-old Roscom­mon man on a charge of operating a ve­hicle while intoxicated with a high blood alcohol content at 1:20 a.m. the morning of March 13. The arrest was made after Roscommon County Central Dispatch received a call of a potential property damage accident on West Sunset Drive in Gerrish Township.

The caller told central dispatch that he heard a loud noise and could see headlights off the side of the road. RCSO deputies found a 2010 blue Chevrolet Silverado facing south on the north side of West Sunset Drive with the 40-year old male in the seat. The deputies’ report stated that the vehicle “had heavy dam­age and there was damage to the prop­erty where the accident took place.”

When deputies initially approached the driver he said he was “OK,” but deputies noticed injuries to his face and hands. Deputies called for EMS and during that time deputies “could smell a strong odor of intoxicating liquor” coming from the driver. Deputies also noticed that he had watery and bloodshot eyes.

Deputies asked the driver what hap­pened and he responded by stating that “he had too much to drink and made a mistake.” The driver said that he had been drinking beer and had his last drink within the past hour at an area bar.

The driver refused EMS services, however, he was advised to allow EMS to look at him. He refused to go to the hospital and stated he was fine. EMS personnel said that he didn’t appear to have any injuries that required hospital care. He was found to have minor lacera­tions to his left eye, a bloody nose and road rash on the lower left portion of his back.

The deputies’ report noted that it is believed that the driver’s vehicle hit a large rock, which took the vehicle air­borne. While airborne, the vehicle struck a utility pole causing it to crack. The vehicle also struck a mailbox and an ad­dress sign. The owner of the property was notified by telephone of the dam­ages and Consumers Energy was notified of the damaged utility pole.

Following the accident, the driver was given a preliminary breath test with a result of .231. He was transported to the Roscommon County Jail, where he began to complain of lower back pain. The report noted that the driver’s pain ap­peared to be progressing and that he was in “severe pain.” He was then booked out of jail and transported by EMS to have his injuries assessed at Munson Healthcare Grayling Hospital.

The case is closed pending court pro­ceedings.

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