A semi-truck driver was recently arrested after the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office received several calls from motorists claiming the driver was operating his vehicle “erratically” on I-69 heading north [Source: WILX 10]. After deputies intercepted the semi just south of Charlotte, they attempted to pull the vehicle over but were unsuccessful in doing so. Although deputies say the driver did not appear to be fleeing, he continued swerving the vehicle across the roadway and failed to pull over. As officials continued with their attempts to get the driver to stop, several others got in front to warn the traffic ahead.
At some point during the chase, deputies managed to get the semi driver to stop the vehicle on Lansing Road near I-69 in Windsor Twp. Upon making contact with the driver, deputies say he exhibited signs of impairment and was later arrested. The semi, which was fully loaded, had to be towed away from the scene.
Were you caught operating your vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol in Eaton County, MI?
If you are a commercial truck driver who was caught operating your vehicle while intoxicated, you will want an Eaton County, MI DWI lawyer helping you fight your charges. A DWI charge is a serious offense that carries a multitude of penalties.
When the operator of a commercial truck is caught operating their vehicle while intoxicated, they will be charged with one of the following offenses depending on the circumstances surrounding the alleged crime committed:
- Operating with an unlawful bodily alcohol level (UBAL) of .10 grams or more per 100 milliliters of blood, per 210 liters of breath, or per 67 milliliters of urine.
- Operating under the influence of liquor (OUIL).
- Operating while impaired (OWI) (i.e. this is when your BAC is more than .07, but less than .10 grams per 100 milliliters of blood, per 210 liters of breath, or per 67 milliliters of urine).
- Operating with a BAC of .04 – .07 grams per 100 milliliters of blood, per 210 liters of breath, or per 67 milliliters of urine.
- OUIL, OWI, or UBAL causing death or serious injury.
Typically, once a commercial truck driver is caught operating their vehicle while intoxicated, the driver will be placed out-of-service for 24 hours. In the event the driver fails to submit to a chemical test or is convicted of the crime, they shall have their CDL suspended for one year when it is their first offense. The driver could face additional penalties if they are convicted of more than one crime or their BAC level was well beyond the legal limit.
Fighting Your DWI Charges
Now, if you do not wish to lose your CDL, but instead would like to fight your charges and potentially get them reduced or dismissed, it’s time you contact Eaton County, MI DWI lawyer Stuart R. Shafer. The Law Offices of Stuart R. Shafer, P.C has helped many individuals successfully fight their DWI charges and can help you too.
You can reach the Law Offices of Stuart R. Shafer, P.C. at:
1223 Turner Street, #333
Lansing, MI 48906