Saline boy arrested after allegedly crashing car while 'super drunk'
A 16-year-old Saline boy is facing drunken driving charges after allegedly spinning out of control while speeding with a blood alcohol level at the so-called "super drunk" threshold.
The boy was driving with another 16-year-old boy at about 4 a.m. Wednesday, heading southbound on Ann Arbor Street near Willis Road, according to a police report. A Saline officer observed the vehicle traveling at abut 80 miles per hour in an area where the speed limit is 25 miles per hour, the report stated.
The officer lost sight of the vehicle as it went around a curve and, upon following the vehicle, discovered the it was in a ditch on the east side of the road facing north, the report stated.
After investigating marks on the road, the officer determined the car had drifted to the right side of the road while travelling southbound and then spun 180 degrees across the roadway into the ditch, the report stated.
The boys were not injured and exited the vehicle, the report stated. The driver immediately gave his car keys to the police officer, who could smell alcohol on the boy’s breath.
During a sobriety test at the scene of the accident, the officer asked the boy to recite the alphabet twice and both times the boy failed. A breathalyzer test at the Saline Police Department later than night revealed the boy had a blood alcohol level of .17 — more than twice the legal limit and the level at which drivers are considered “super drunk” in Michigan.
Driving with a blood alcohol level more than .17 can result in up to 180 days in jail, a $200 to $700 fine and up to 360 hours of community service, according to state law.
The passenger in the car registered a .04 when he took a breathalyzer test and was cited for being a minor in possession of alcohol, the report stated.
Police took the boys back to the Saline Police Department, where police called their parents and released the boys into their care, the report stated.
The case has been turned over to the Washtenaw County Prosecutor’s Office for operating while intoxicated charges against the driver, according to the report.