August 4, 2014 at 7:59 pm

Macomb Twp. man convicted of drunken driving in '06 parade crash charged with operating while intoxicated

A Macomb Township man with a history of drunken driving was charged Monday after Fraser police said they found him passed out in the driverís seat.

Richard Banker was charged with third-degree operating while intoxicated and possession of marijuana.

Around 7:30 p.m. Saturday, police responded to a report of a male passed out in the driverís seat of a vehicle in a parking lot. Police said they found Banker, 64, in the vehicle and he smelled of alcohol.

According to police, Banker said he drove after having a beer and that he did not know where he was.

A Breathalyzer test showed Banker had a blood alcohol level of 0.2, above the legal limit for driving of 0.08, police said. An open beer container and marijuana were in his vehicle, police said.

According to police and Detroit News archives, in 2005, Banker was convicted in Fraser for operating while visibly impaired. In 2007, he was convicted of drunken driving after he drove his motorcycle into a crowd during an Eastpointe Veterans Day parade in 2006, injuring 11 people, including five children. He served eight months in the Macomb County Jail as part of his sentence of three years of probation.

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