The Holidays Call for Designated Drivers When You’re Out and Drinking

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It’s party time, so think about calling for a ride home if you’re drinking. An officer initiated a traffic stop on a silver 2008 BMW M3 for a traffic violation on northbound I-75.  The officer spoke with the driver, a 26-year-old male from Sylvan Lake, and noted an odor of alcohol emanating from him as he spoke.  When asked, the driver denied having drank any alcohol earlier or the night before.  The driver was asked to perform several sobriety evaluations to which he did but the officer noted that he performed poorly.  He refused to submit to a Preliminary Breath Test and was arrested.  He was transported to the Troy Police Lock-up facility where he was read his Chemical Test Rights and he agreed to take a breath test with results of .11%.  He was charged with Operating a Motor Vehicle While Under the Influence of Alcohol.  Again, take the PBT if you’re stopped for drunk driving. This driver was drunk but no so drunk that he would lose his license for an extended period, but he could have if he hadn’t decided to take the PBT.

Hope he won at the casino; he’ll need the money for court costs and a lawyer. Maybe he was lost when the officer initiated a traffic stop on a tan 2002 Buick Century that was being driven erratically on Big Beaver at Rochester at 2:35 a.m..  The officer spoke with the driver, a 31-year-old male from Flint, who stated he and his passenger were returning from Detroit.  The officer could detect the odor of alcohol and marijuana emanating from the vehicle.  When asked, the driver admitted to having consumed two drinks of alcohol while at a casino.  The driver was unable to produce his State of Michigan Operator’s License and the license was later determined to be ‘Suspended’ by the Michigan Secretary of State.  He was asked to step out of the vehicle to perform several sobriety evaluations to which he did but the officer noted that he performed poorly.

When asked, he admitted to having smoked marijuana earlier in the day.  He submitted to a Preliminary Breath Test with a result of .077%.  He was arrested and while searching his vehicle, an unlocked lockbox was found in the trunk. which contained three mason jars of suspected marijuana.  The suspected marijuana was field tested with a narcotics test kit with the officer receiving a positive reaction for the presence of marijuana.  The driver stated he had a medical marijuana card but it was in his wallet. which was stolen.  He was transported to the Troy Police Lock-up Facility where he was read his Chemical Test Rights and agreed to take a blood test.  He was charged with Driving While License Suspended, Possession of Marijuana, and Operating a Motor Vehicle While Under the Influence of Narcotics pending laboratory results.

Of course, now is the time some folks decide to steal holiday gifts instead of buying them. They are very often caught, as the big stores have very sophisticated security cameras at work. At Macy’s, for example, two females from Hamtramck attempted to steal quite a bit of merchandise and were stopped by loss prevention officers. They were both arrested and changed with Retail Fraud-1st  degree, which comes with severe penalties.

Also changed with Retail Fraud-1st degree that same day but in the other Macy’s store in Troy was a 56-year-old man from Clarkston. He, too, was arrested.

Obviously this guy was just working his trade, drug dealer. An officer initiated a traffic stop on a Mercury Mountaineer that was reported to being driven erratically on Lange Street, off Livernois, in a suburban neighborhood late on a Sunday night.  The officer spoke to the driver, a 26-year-old male out of Detroit, who verbally identified himself and he stated he did not have an Operator’s License for some time.  It was later determined that the driver’s State of Michigan Operator’s License was ‘Suspended’ 24 times by the Michigan Secretary of State (almost unbelievable.)

The officer could detect the odor of marijuana emanating from the interior of the vehicle.  He was asked to step out of the vehicle to which he did without incident and was arrested.  When asked, he admitted there was some marijuana in the driver’s side door.  While being searched, the officer located two plastic bags hidden under his clothing near his groin that contained suspected marijuana.  The suspected marijuana was also located in the driver’s door pocket along with a box of clear plastic sandwich bags.  The suspected marijuana was field tested with a narcotics test kit with the officer receiving a positive reaction for the presence of marijuana.  Also found inside the vehicle was a black scale that was placed between the driver’s seat and the center console.  Found on the suspect was $522 of assorted currency.  He was charged with Driving While License Suspended – 2nd Offense and Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Deliver.

Note: If you have any information on the aforementioned crimes, or any other offenses, please call the Troy Police Department at 248-524-3477.