A Michigan State Trooper has been arrested for charges claiming that he violated the state’s “Super Drunk” law when he was involved in a single-vehicle accident last month. According to a local news report discussing the incident and subsequent charges, the unidentified officer is accused of crashing his Cadillac SUV into a house on Harrington Street and Moravian Drive in Clinton Township at about 1:30 a.m. Witnesses reported that the driver of the vehicle fled the scene after the crash and was covered in blood, although the article does not mention if he is facing charges for leaving the scene of an accident.
Michigan is one of several states that have a graduated charging and penalty scale for DUI charges, based on the defendant’s level of intoxication while he or she was in control of a motor vehicle. Michigan’s law creates a more serious charge for DUIs in which a defendant is proven to have a blood-alcohol concentration, or BAC, of .17 or higher. The legal limit in Michigan is .08 percent BAC, although drivers may be charged and convicted of a DUI with a lower BAC if they are proven to be intoxicated through other means. The penalties in Michigan for a “Super Drunk” DUI are more severe than for a regular DUI, with the punishment for a first Super DUI more closely resembling the punishment for a second or third regular DUI.