You are viewing this article in the archives. For the latest breaking news and updates in Ann Arbor and the surrounding area, see
Posted on Fri, Nov 16, 2012 : 10:40 a.m.

Man accused of driving drunk after hitting 3 parked cars, 2 light poles and fleeing

By Kyle Feldscher

A 19-year-old Brownstown Township man was arrested and hospitalized after crashing his car into three parked vehicles and two light poles while allegedly driving drunk in Ann Arbor Thursday night, police said.


This vehicle suffered heavy damage and was pushed onto the hood of another car after being struck by what police said was a drunk driver in a hit-and-run incident in Ann Arbor Thursday.

Courtesy of Nilton Gjeci

Ann Arbor police Lt. Renee Bush said Friday police were called at 11:48 p.m. Thursday to investigate a report of a hit and run crash near William Street and Maynard Street. Bush said the man was driving a pickup truck south on Maynard Street when it went off the road to the right, striking a light pole and a parked vehicle.

Rather than turn back onto the road, the man then drove across the corner of the sidewalk and headed west on William. Bush said the man drove across William Street toward Cottage Inn Pizza, hitting a parked car with such force it ended up with its rear wheels on the hood of the car behind it.

The man then swerved back across the road into the northbound lanes and struck another light pole, Bush said. At this point, the man decided to ditch the pickup truck and fled the area on foot.

A short time later, officers with the University of Michigan police arrested the man at Washington Street and Fifth Avenue, Bush said. He was turned over to the Ann Arbor police.

The man suffered minor injuries, so no sobriety tests were done. He was taken to the University of Michigan Hospital for a blood test and to be treated for his injuries.

View Larger Map

Kyle Feldscher covers cops and courts for He can be reached at or you can follow him on Twitter.



Sun, Nov 18, 2012 : 1:07 a.m.

There is no excuse for this bullCRAP happening. It is simply, drugs, drink and drive. DDD


Sat, Nov 17, 2012 : 3:16 p.m.

What I'd like to know is, who supplied alcohol to this kid in the first place? there need to be consequences for whoever did this.


Tue, Nov 20, 2012 : 9:28 p.m.

You are suggesting that alcohol was a main factor in this crime.


Sat, Nov 17, 2012 : 1:40 p.m.

"Hello dad.....I'm in jail" "What happened son" "All I remember is the truck quit running.....and here I am....I don't understand" "Don't worry son, I'll look into it.....must be some mistake!

Vivienne Armentrout

Sat, Nov 17, 2012 : 2:36 a.m.

I think I saw the residue from this today. You didn't mention the trashed bicycle and the bent-over bicycle stand.

Chase Ingersoll

Sat, Nov 17, 2012 : 2:20 a.m.

Let's all welcome the youngster from Brownsville to AA: Great town to get drunk, wreck three cars and learn to get sober.


Sat, Nov 17, 2012 : 3:44 p.m.

It's BrownsTOWN, not Brownsville.


Fri, Nov 16, 2012 : 11:48 p.m., please follow up and let us readers know what the penalty handed down was. Thanks.

Ann English

Fri, Nov 16, 2012 : 10:32 p.m.

When I drove regularly in that area 22 years ago, Maynard was a one-way street in which you could only drive NORTH. I'm guessing it's a two-way street today.


Fri, Nov 16, 2012 : 10:45 p.m.

You got it. It's a two-way now.


Fri, Nov 16, 2012 : 10:20 p.m.

It's just Mother Nature, gently whispering in his ear, "Something's wrong."


Sat, Nov 17, 2012 : 3:14 p.m.

mother nature needs to turn up the volume.....


Fri, Nov 16, 2012 : 9:50 p.m.

I want to know the make and model of the truck!


Sat, Nov 17, 2012 : 1:20 a.m.

Ford F 150


Fri, Nov 16, 2012 : 10:03 p.m.

I'd say Kenworth, Peterbuilt or Mac maybe?

Jon Wax

Fri, Nov 16, 2012 : 9:34 p.m.

"3 parked cars.. 2 light poles... and a partridge in a pear tree!" Peace


Sat, Nov 17, 2012 : 8:43 p.m.

jon, alternate ending: "and a young man out on a spree!"

Wolf's Bane

Fri, Nov 16, 2012 : 8:54 p.m.


Blue Marker

Fri, Nov 16, 2012 : 8:30 p.m.

It's scary to think of someone getting behind the wheel in this condition. Even scarier to me is he probably wasn't drinking alone, others saw the shape he was in and let him drive anyway. I'm no angel, I've gotten behind the wheel when I shouldn't have but thankfully never like this.

Anne de Irala

Fri, Nov 16, 2012 : 7:05 p.m.

Wow, and he didn't even leave a note? How rude.

music to my ear

Fri, Nov 16, 2012 : 5:28 p.m.

dang, dog!!!!!!!


Fri, Nov 16, 2012 : 4:52 p.m.

That was one tough truck.

Frustrated in A2

Sun, Nov 18, 2012 : 2:04 a.m.

Agreed Lol!!!


Sat, Nov 17, 2012 : 8:23 a.m.

Maybe it was a Toyota. TOP GEAR BBC (the REAL one) tried to kill a Toyota pick up truck and just couldn't do it.

Ann English

Fri, Nov 16, 2012 : 10:25 p.m.

djacks24, Hope he wasn't driving a F-150 pickup; I've seen ads for F-150s saying they're the pickups for people who aren't afraid of hard work.


Fri, Nov 16, 2012 : 10:06 p.m.

Maybe one of the major truck manufacturers could use this as an example of how tough their trucks are? Any video out there?


Fri, Nov 16, 2012 : 4:26 p.m.

Only 19 ??!! But he's only a child!!!


Sun, Nov 18, 2012 : 2:51 a.m.

Sarcasm doesn't go over very well on this site.


Sat, Nov 17, 2012 : 4:32 p.m.

a22...I got it..but perhaps we should set up a time to talk to this child, ask his feelings, and understand he didn't mean to do anything, empower him by building his self-esteem and award him a trophy for just showing up... ;o]


Sat, Nov 17, 2012 : 3:13 p.m.

a2citizen, this "child" is old enough to know what he was doing. nobody forced his mouth open, stuck the neck of the bottle between his teeth and forced him to drink. speaking of which, whoever furnished this underage drinker with alcohol should face the consequences also(see:contributing to the delinquency of a minor).


Fri, Nov 16, 2012 : 4:20 p.m.

It will be interesting to see what the blood tests reveal re:his blood/alcohol. He would probably be facing charges for hit and run I would hope. So much damage done. Lucky no one was killed. Again, I wonder if his friends watched him stagger out to get on the street with the rest of us.


Fri, Nov 16, 2012 : 4:19 p.m.

He probably thought he was at home playing Grand Theft Auto, booze cruise.


Fri, Nov 16, 2012 : 4:18 p.m.

If he would've been doing bong hits instead of drinking this wouldn't have happened


Sat, Nov 17, 2012 : 3:34 a.m.

I don't understand the votes on these comments. Pot does impair does's irresponsible to use any drug that effects your brain so much before driving.


Sat, Nov 17, 2012 : 12:39 a.m.

Never know what the blood tests will show, may have been doing both!

Soulful Adrenaline

Fri, Nov 16, 2012 : 9:06 p.m.

If he were doing bong hits then he would still be in his car and he wouldn't have left his driveway.


Fri, Nov 16, 2012 : 6:09 p.m.

Right, because marijuana doesn't impair judgment and motor skills or slow reaction times whatsoever.

Superior Twp voter

Fri, Nov 16, 2012 : 4:17 p.m.

Why I use the parking garages ... . .

Superior Twp voter

Sat, Nov 17, 2012 : 4:55 p.m.

Hey! Hey. hey, if you don't like the way I drive, get off the sidewalk!


Sat, Nov 17, 2012 : 1:19 a.m.

The drunk driver started his reckless trek in the parking garage on Maynard.


Fri, Nov 16, 2012 : 10:44 p.m.

I've also known drunk drivers who have used parking garages, it's pretty easy to navigate before the bar, but less so after...


Fri, Nov 16, 2012 : 4:20 p.m.

Yeah but don't forget the gang of thugs that were beating the guy with their belts in the parking structure a few months back.