Sheriff’s deputy charged with driving drunk with child in vehicle

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Ryan A. Stockford
Ryan A. Stockford

SAGINAW, MI — A Saginaw County Sheriff’s deputy is facing criminal charges after he was accused of drunken driving with his 6-year-old child in his vehicle.

Ryan A. Stockford, who turned 38 earlier this week, is charged with single counts of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated with a passenger younger than 16 and carrying a concealed weapon while under the influence. Both charges are misdemeanors.

Stockford was arraigned on the charges in Saginaw County District Court on Wednesday, Aug. 28.

According to Michigan State Police Special 1st Lt. David Kaiser, the charges stem from an incident that occurred on Aug. 4. Just after 1 a.m., troopers were dispatched to Stockford’s Merrill home for a family trouble complaint after a woman there called to report she and Stockford had gotten into an argument.

Stockford had left in a vehicle before troopers arrived, taking his daughter with him, the woman said, according to Kaiser. The woman also told troopers Stockford was intoxicated and had a loaded pistol with him, Kaiser said.

The woman advised troopers Stockford was heading to a Thomas Township residence. Troopers went there and found Stockford’s vehicle in the driveway, while he was already inside the abode, Kaiser said.

Stockford was visibly intoxicated, Kaiser said. Though he refused to participate in field sobriety tests, he submitted to a preliminary Breathalyzer test. The results indicated his blood alcohol level exceeded 0.08, the state’s legal standard for intoxication, Kaiser said.

Troopers arrested Stockford without incident and took him to an area hospital for a blood sample to be taken. Stockford was briefly lodged in the Bay County Jail.

Troopers released Stockford’s daughter to relatives, Kaiser said.

At his arraignment, Stockford’s bond was set at $2,000 cash-surety or 10 percent, which he posted.

Undersheriff Mike Gomez said Stockford has been placed on paid administrative leave from the sheriff’s office pending the case’s resolution. He had most recently been working as a road patrol deputy, Gomez said.

Stockford’s case is set for trial on Oct. 23.

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