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Michigan man charged with 'super-drunk' driving

A Michigan man whose blood alcohol content allegedly measured at 0.20 percent is facing prosecution under the state's new "super-drunk" law. The 25-year-old man is accused of drinking and driving on Sept. 29, as he led police officers on an extended chase on U.S. 127. The man was reportedly driving the wrong way on the road; he is now facing two misdemeanor drunk driving charges in connection with the incident.

Officers say the man led them on a vehicle chase through Ingham and Clinton counties, as the driver was traveling north in the southbound lanes. Police pursued the man, traveling in the northbound lanes for safety. Luckily, no one was harmed in an accident with the wrong-way driver; several potential victims were re-routed by officers. Authorities finally used roadway devices to pop the man's tires and stop his progress.

Even though the man was being pursued by police officers, he is not facing charges of eluding or fleeing because he likely did not notice the police cruisers on the other side of the freeway. He is still subject to the criminal sanctions associated with the drunk driving claims, however.

Authorities report that the man is facing a six-month jail term if he is convicted in the case. Since the man is being charged under the "super-drunk" law, the penalties in the case have been doubled. Anyone found driving with a BAC higher than 0.17 is subject to the relatively new provisions.

The man in this case is facing heavier sanctions because of his blood alcohol content at the time of the crash. Attorneys in such drunk driving cases can help defendants learn more about their legal rights and responsibilities, especially when dealing with lesser-known provisions such as the "super-drunk" requirement.

Source: www.freep.com, "Michigan man who drove wrong way on U.S.-127 charged under 'super-drunk' law" No author given, Oct. 02, 2013

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