Deputies: Driver’s BAC at time of crash .39

PAW PAW, Mich. (WOOD) — A South Haven woman faces multiple charges after deputies say she drove with a blood alcohol content level nearly five times the legal limit and caused a crash.

The crash happened around 12:44 p.m. Saturday on South Kalamazoo Street at Fadel Street in the village of Paw Paw, according to the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office. Authorities said the 42-year-old South Haven woman crashed her car into another vehicle that was stopped at a stop light.

The sheriff’s office says a preliminary breath test indicated her BAC was .39 — that’s nearly 4.9 times Michigan’s legal driving limit of .08.

Authorities also said the woman had been arrested for OWI before, and that her driver’s license was suspended and there were open containers of alcohol in her car at the time of the crash.

The South Haven woman was jailed and now faces charges of second-offense operating while intoxicated, driving while license suspended and transporting open intoxicants in a vehicle.

Her name is not being released pending arraignment.

A release from the sheriff’s office did not say whether the other driver involved in the crash, a 24-year-old Lawton woman, was hurt or how badly her car was damaged.

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