Most DUI investigations begin with a traffic stop where an officer makes some basic observations about the driver’s level of intoxication. Afterwards, physical exercises and a breath or blood test can confirm the person’s level of impairment.
A driver traveling on the wrong side of the highway near Lansing gave officers enough reason to conduct a traffic stop and begin the process to make a DUI arrest.
Witnesses call police to stop driver on the wrong side of the road
Police made an arrest of a man who was driving in the wrong direction on interstate 69 near Lansing. An officer with the Eaton County Sheriff said the 33 year old male suspect was found driving northbound in the southbound traffic lanes in Windsor Township right near Lansing Road. The incident happened in the middle of the night, and road conditions were very poor, but officers were thankful that witnesses had called 911 to report the driver before an accident or any other damage occurred.
What are some of Michigan’s specific DUI procedures?
While the general trend in America has been to crack down on drunk driving and make penalties more severe, each state does still have its own laws that determine how traffic and criminal offenses for driving under the influence are handled.
Under Michigan law, there are a few stages to a DUI arrest and investigation. All of these cases will obviously begin with a traffic stop. Traffic stops in drunk driving incidents can be related to the suspect’s erratic driving, or other traffic violations that do not necessarily have anything to do with impairment. The officer will usually notice the suspect is drunk upon making contact with the vehicle. All traffic stops where an officer suspects the driver is impaired will begin with the driver being asked to complete some physical exercises on the side of the road.
If the person has a blood or breath alcohol reading that is above .08 after the chemical test, they are legally drunk. This is the same limit as almost every other state in the country. The presence of any kind of drugs or narcotics in the person’s bloodstream or urine will also cause the officer to conclude that the person should not be driving. They will be arrested for DUI even if alcohol is not present.
Michigan has an implied consent law that requires the person to be informed of their rights and consent to a test in exchange for driving privileges. The suspect can refuse under this law, but they will face an automatic license suspension regardless of the disposition of the case.
People who are underage or test positive for certain hard drugs may also face additional penalties or criminal charges.
If you have recently been charged with a crime related to operating a motor vehicle under the influence, it is important to get the assistance of an attorney to make sure the state can prove each element of the case. The Law Offices of Stuart R. Shafer can help anyone charged with drunk driving in the Lansing area.