Deputies: Semi driver 4.5 times BAC limit

PAW PAW TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — A semi-truck driver was arrested for allegedly driving drunk on the interstate near Paw Paw.

Around 9:15 p.m. Saturday, a deputy was dispatched to eastbound I-94 near the 54 mile marker in Paw Paw Township after reports of a semi-truck that was “all over the road,” according to the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Department.

When the deputy spotted the semi, it was weaving across its lane, the sheriff’s office said. The deputy pulled over the 2005 Freightliner Semi, which was hauling a loaded trailer.

The deputy then found that the driver was drunk and that there were open containers of alcohol in the truck.

The driver was arrested and jailed for operating a vehicle while intoxicated with a high blood-alcohol content (BAC) level.

The sheriff’s department said his BAC was 4.5 times the legal limit for the operator of a commercial vehicle, which is .04.

The driver, a 28-year-old from Brampton, Ontario, faces charges of operating under the influence of alcohol; having open intoxicants in a motor vehicle; and refusing to take a Preliminary Breath Test, which is a misdemeanor offense for commercial vehicle drivers, the sheriff’s office said.

**Correction: An earlier version of this story stated the semi-truck driver’s BAC was allegedly 4.5 times Michigan’s legal limit of .08. That was incorrect. While the legal limit for non-commercial drivers is .08, the limit for operators of commercial vehicles is .04.

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