Saline police arrest 'super drunk' driver
A 31-year-old Ypsilanti man was arrested after registering a blood alcohol level of 0.22 early Saturday while driving in Saline, according to police.
A Saline police officer stopped the man at 2:52 a.m. Saturday near North Maple Road and Echo Court after he was clocked going 60 mph in a 35 mph zone, according to the police report. The man was observed swerving within the lane before he pulled over.
The man’s speech was slurred and he admitted to the responding officer that he had been drinking, the report stated. He failed all of the field sobriety tests other than reciting the alphabet and was placed under arrest, according to the report.
When the man was tested at the Saline Police Department, he registered a 0.22 blood alcohol level. A blood alcohol level that high can be prosecuted under Michigan’s so-called “super drunk” driver law, which calls for stiffer penalties for drivers with a blood alcohol level of 0.17 or higher.
In Michigan, you are considered past the legal drinking limit when your blood alcohol level reaches 0.08.
The man was released from police custody once he had a legal blood alcohol level. Police have submitted the case to Washtenaw County prosecutors for charges.
AnnArbor.com is not releasing the man’s name because he has not been formally charged with a crime.