FERNDALE, Mich. (WXYZ) – A man identified as a Roseville police officer was pulled over by Ferndale Police on suspicion of being intoxicated on Nov. 9 at northbound Woodward Ave.
A supervisor was notified, who ordered the driver and his passenger, also suspected to be intoxicated, to be brought to the Ferndale Police Department and to later be driven home.
Ferndale Police was made aware of the incident on Nov. 17 and launched an internal investigation.
A criminal complaint was submitted against the driver for warrant for Operating Under the Influence; the case is currently active and ongoing.
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“On the surface, this appears to be an example of poor decision making by one of our lieutenants,” Ferndale Police Chief Collins said. “As a police department, we take cases of operating and driving under the influence incredibly seriously. It’s a critical threat to public health and safety, and we as a department work regularly to educate the community to reduce instances of intoxicated driving.”
Collins reports that if the lieutenant’s actions are found to be in violation of policy and procedure once the investigation is complete, the individual will face appropriate disciplinary measures.
He expects the investigation to be complete within the next week.
“Our jobs are complex and we trust our people to use sound judgment,” Collins said. “When somebody makes a call that is unsafe or not indicative of the department’s values and operations, we take that seriously and we act accordingly.”
Collins said within the next month, the entire department will go through an educational program about intoxicated driving. He says it is department protocol to regularly educate and retrain to ensure continual improvement.
“We will do everything in our power to ensure that this kind of error isn’t made again,” Collins said.
Allegedly intoxicated man struck in the head with unknown object
YPSILANTI, Mich. – Deputies responded to the area of Ford Boulevard and East Clark Road Friday night, where after a violent confrontation erupted after a traffic collision.
According to Washtenaw County Sheriff’s, officers arrived at approximately 11:40 p.m. and made contact with a 31-year-old woman and a 47-year-old man, both residents of Ypsilanti Township who had been involved in the collision. Suspects had been involved in road rage that had led to a crash, after which both subjects exited their vehicles and began fighting.
The woman was arrested for felonious assault, due to striking the other driver in the face with a blunt object. The man was arrested for operating a motor vehicle while visibly impaired.
DANVILLE, Ind. — A repeat drunk driver has successfully completed and graduated from a two-year drug court program.
Michael Myers, an eight-time drunk driver, raised eyebrows in 2015 when he was sentenced to drug court, rather than prison time.
Drug court is a two-year program divided into five phases that includes things like counseling, community services and drug and alcohol testing.
Myers will remain on probation until February 2020, unless he earns an early release date.
Myers reached a 2015 plea agreement with the Hendricks County Prosecutor’s Office in which pleaded guilty to operating a vehicle while intoxicated: endangering a person and being a habitual vehicular substance offender.
Myers faced a possible prison sentence of more than 10 years.
However, he did not serve any time in prison for the 8th drunk driving conviction.
Hendricks County Superior Court Judge Mark Smith gave Myers a 1,670 day sentence in the Indiana Department of Correction, but suspended 1,567 days, and as a condition of his probation, Myers had to successfully complete drug court.
His eight drunk driving convictions dating back to 1996.
The Brownsburg man has served three stints in prison for drunk driving in 2003, 2004-2005 and 2013.
His driver’s license has been suspended 20 times, BMV records show.
In July 2015, Myers was driving on Jeff Gordon Boulevard in Hendricks County when he slammed into a concrete barrier and then a guardrail.
At the time of the crash, he was drunk and still on parole with the Indiana Department of Correction from his last drunk driving offense, also in Hendricks County.
As part of his sentence, Myers’ driver’s license was suspended for one year.
Judge Mark Smith disputed the notion that prison is always the best place for repeat offenders.
“There are other ways to hold people accountable besides sending them to prison,” said Smith in 2015. “Statistically a large percentage of people in prison are going to get back out. And we know that statistically for people released from prison, there’s a high rate of recidivism.”
Smith said he has the option to send someone to prison if they’re not complying with the rules of the drug court program.
“There’s no magic number I can pull out of the air that says if I send this person to prison or jail for so many days they’re never going to drink again,” said Smith. “Who wouldn’t love that? That’s an easy solution, but we know historically that does not work.”
At the time, Mothers Against Drunk Driving wrote letters to Judge Smith asking for stiffer penalties for Myers including in-patient treatment and an ignition interlock on Myers’ car.
“To make this poor choice and put the public at risk over and over again is quite concerning,” said Lael Hill, victims services specialist for MADD Indiana in 2015. “We think anyone convicted of a DUI, even if it’s the first time, should have an ignition interlock mandated to be installed on their vehicles.”
Authorities say they are investigating after a man crashed into a Texas teenager’s car earlier this month — ultimately killing her — while he was using a court-ordered breathalyzing device, PEOPLE confirms.
“There have been no arrests at this time,” Lt. Chris Cook of the Arlington, Texas, Police Department tells PEOPLE. “We still have [an] investigation that needs to be done on the speed involved.”
Alexis Butler, 18, of Arlington, died on Friday from injuries she suffered in the Nov. 10 collision, Arlington police said in a statement.
According to authorities, Butler was backing out of a friend’s driveway in a Toyota Camry about 6:20 p.m. that Friday when a 31-year-old unidentified man driving a Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck struck the passenger side of her car.
The impact pushed the teen’s Camry off the road and into a grassy area nearby.
“They really didn’t think she would last that night and she was just a miracle,” her mother, Barbara Barr, told the station. “I have to have faith that there’s a purpose, there’s a reason and there’s a plan for all this.”
Detectives are reconstructing the crash scene to determine what happened, including looking at the vehicles’ event data recorders, police said.
During their investigation, authorities noticed that there were no tire marks indicating the driver tried to stop before the collision, according to local station KXAS.
The driver of the pickup truck was not impaired at the time of the crash, police said.
They said he told investigators that before the wreck, he briefly looked down from the road while performing a retest of an ignition interlock device attached to the truck. That’s when he struck Butler’s vehicle.
Courts will often order those convicted of driving while intoxicated to install ignition interlock devices in their cars. Like a breathalyzer, the device requires drivers to blow into a mouthpiece to measure the level of alcohol in their systems. If the level is over the legal limit, the vehicle will not start.
It is unclear why the driver, who was not impaired, was using the device. Authorities are trying to find out if the court had directed the driver to use the breathalyzer while the truck was in motion.
“No. 1 thing we’ll look at is tracking down the original court order to read exactly what it said,” Cook said, according to KXAS.
“And more importantly for us, as a police department, is to determine what the manufacturer recommendation is as far as the guidelines in how to operate this type of equipment,” he continued. “It’s very concerning to us, as a police department, that an individual may be operating some type of ignition equipment while they’re in a moving vehicle.”
Depending on the outcome of the investigation, the driver could face charges, police reportedly said.
Arlington police will be consulting with the Tarrant County, Texas, Criminal District Attorney’s Office next week, Cook tells PEOPLE.
Born in Kalamazoo, Michigan, Butler went to Lakeview High School in Battle Creek, Michigan, before moving to Texas in 2015, her obituary says.
Earlier this year, she graduated from Arlington Martin High School. She is survived by her parents and three siblings.
While in Michigan, she was an active member of the Lakeview dance team and she was a member of several competitive cheer teams, including Spirit of Texas.
At the time of the wreck, Butler was attending the Paul Mitchell School in Arlington to pursue a career in cosmetology. She was also a member of the Church on Rush Creek in Arlington.
In a statement to KXAS, her family said: “She was larger than life — everyone loved Lexxy. Her laugh, her smile, her bubbly personality. She touched so many people’s lives in just her short 18 years, more than most will touch in a lifetime.”
Her legacy, her family said, will continue to touch lives “even in death” because of her “final selfless act of organ and tissue donation, which she elected.”