Man arrested for 5th OWI; 4-year-old in vehicle

Charles Wiles' mug shot
Charles Wiles' mug shot

GOBLES, Mich. (WOOD) — A Kalamazoo man who was arrested for drunk driving – his fifth arrest in two years – and endangering the life of a four-year-old girl who was riding with him was formally charged Tuesday.

Charles Wiles, 28, was arraigned on charges of operating while intoxicated – 3rd or subsequent offense and violation of a restricted license in Paw Paw District Court.

Wiles was arrested Friday evening around 7:30 p.m. when Van Buren County sheriff’s deputies pulled him over in Gobles.

The deputies said they saw Wiles stop his vehicle, which only had one headlight working, in the middle of the intersection of State Street and Depot Street – an intersection that has a yellow flashing light and no stop sign.

After he was pulled over, the deputy who walked up to Wiles’ vehicle reported smelling alcohol on Wiles’ breath.

The deputies then had Wiles perform other sobriety tests, which he failed, the sheriff’s office said.

As Wiles was arrested, the deputies realized he had a 4-year-old girl with him in the vehicle. Deputies contacted her mom and took care of her until she was picked up from the scene.

Wiles was more than two times over the legal limit when he took a Breathalyzer test at the Van Buren County jail, the sheriff’s office said.

After Wiles was arrested, investigators learned that he had been arrested for OWI four times in the past two years, and that he was in Ionia County’s Sobriety Court program.

Wiles is currently in the Van Buren County Jail on a $50,000 bond.

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