Sunday Times Newspapers
RIVERVIEW — A 21-year-old Dearborn Heights man who had been drinking fell asleep behind the wheel at 5:14 a.m. Sept. 23 near West Jefferson and Payne avenues, crashing his blue 2021 Ford Explorer into a bridge barrier wall.
The vehicle’s airbags deployed, so rescue personnel responded to check on the driver’s condition. He refused medical treatment and signed a waiver.
The responding police officer conducted standardized field sobriety tests, which the man failed. A preliminary breath test was administered, and the man had a blood-alcohol content of 0.11, higher than the 0.08 limit for legally drunk in Michigan.
The man was arrested for operating while impaired and taken into custody. He was having difficulty staying awake, so he was taken to Corewell Health Hospital in Trenton for a blood draw to determine if he had any narcotics in his system.
His vehicle was impounded and towed, and the Wayne County Road Commission was notified of possible damage to the barrier wall on the West Jefferson bridge over Huntington Creek.