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Cops: Sterling Heights Man Arrested Driving With BAC 5 Times Legal Limit

April 23, 2019 - 10:39 am

TROY (WWJ) - A Sterling Heights man is facing his third drunken driving charge after police say he was caught super drunk behind the wheel in Troy.

The 44-year-old driver was pulled over by Troy police last Wednesday, on southbound John R. Road, north of E. Maple Road, after witnessed called to report a possible drunk driver.

Officers noted an odor of alcohol emanating from the man, according to police, before he admitted he'd been drinking "several hours prior."

Police said the man performed poorly on several field sobriety tests before he submitted to a Preliminary Breath Test, blowing a .40% BAC (blood alcohol content) -- which is five times the .08% legal limit for driving in Michigan. 

The driver was arrested and charged with Operating a Motor Vehicle While Under the Influence of Alcohol – 3rd Offense, as police found he had previous OUI convictions in 2005 and 2010. Officers also determined he was driving on a suspended license, which resulted in an additional charge. 

Pending blood test results, it's possible the man could yet face an additional charge of driving Super Drunk. The Michigan Super Drunk law, drivers found to have a BAC of 0.17% or higher may may face harsh punishment, including enhanced penalties, if convicted.