Police Files: 9/6/2020

Speeding under the influence

A speeding vehicle was seen traveling east on Walton Boulevard near midnight on Aug 17. The two Oakland University Police patrol cars noticed the vehicle traveling 15 miles per hour over the speed limit and pursued, noticing the vehicle veering over from the fog line to the centerline of the road. At this point, the officer performed a traffic stop and pulled the vehicle over.

The driver smelled of alcohol when the officer approached the vehicle, and a field sobriety test was performed. The driver was unable to complete the heel-toe walking test, and when asked to count up to ten he completed the task, but in spanish.

The driver then admitted he had five to six Modelo beers before driving. His car was searched with his consent, but no additional intoxicants were found in his vehicle. He then took a breathalyzer test and blew a .112 blood alcohol content (BAC) — Michigan’s legal limit is .08 BAC. He was handcuffed and taken to Oakland University Police Department (OUPD) for processing and chemical testing. His personal belongings were left in the car.

The driver was booked and tested after being told his rights. He remained in the police station until his BAC was low enough to leave, then he was released and picked up by his wife from the lobby of OUPD.