TAYLOR —A drunken driver was charged with leaving the scene of a crash and having open intoxicants June 5 in the 7400 block of Katherine Avenue.
The man, who had a pickup truck full of scrap, struck a red 2013 Ford Taurus belonging to a 76-year-old Kentucky woman, who had parked her car in front of a relative’s residence on Katherine Avenue.
The man reportedly stepped out of his truck to look at the damage, then left the scene.
Shortly afterward, police dispatch received a call describing a similar truck that had just driven across a resident’s lawn. The caller said the person was currently parked at a nearby elementary school.
When police officers arrived at the school, they saw the truck, and activated their emergency lights. The man started slowly driving his truck across the school field. When the police officers activated their siren, he stopped and exited his vehicle.
He failed standard field sobriety tests. A preliminary breath test was administered, and the man had a blood-alcohol content of 0.285, more than three times the 0.08 limit for legally drunk in Michigan.
He was taken to Beaumont Hospital, Taylor, for a blood draw, then taken to the police department, where he was charged with operating while intoxicated, leaving the scene of a property damage accident and with having open intoxicants, and was held.