Wrong-way driver killed in wreck had .14 BAC

A crash on I-96 that left a wrong-way driver dead. (June 28, 2014)
A crash on I-96 that left a wrong-way driver dead. (June 28, 2014)

COOPERSVILLE, Mich. (WOOD) — Ottawa County authorities say the wrong-way driver who caused a crash on I-96 in which he was killed had been drinking and using marijuana.

The wreck happened June 28 on eastbound I-96, in the area of 68th Street Avenue near Coopersville.

Authorities say Michael Anthony Johnson, 39, of Grand Rapids drove his Pontiac west in the eastbound lanes . The Pontiac collided head-on with a Buick Regal that was headed in the correct direction.

Johnson was killed in the wreck.

The driver of the Buick, 22-year-old Mitchell David Hamm, was hospitalized in critical condition. He is a Kent County Sheriff’s Department intern.

The Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department says Johnson had a blood-alcohol content (BAC) level of .14. Michigan’s legal limit for driving is .08.

There were also elevated levels of THC — the chemical in marijuana that affects the senses — in Johnson’s system, authorities say.

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