2 survivors from Stony Creek crash face alcohol charges
Mount Clemens — The two survivors of a high-speed Stony Creek Metropark crash that killed three teens in May now face misdemeanor alcohol possession charges, according to the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office.
Gregory Bobchick and Joseph Narra, both 18, were charged last week with being minors in possession of alcohol, officials said. The charges are punishable by 90 days in jail and/or a $100 fine.
Bobchick and Narra were passengers in a 2008 Jaguar S-type that crashed around 6:15 p.m. May 8. Investigators found evidence all five teenagers in the vehicle had been drinking alcohol, Sheriff Anthony Wickersham said earlier this month.
Bobchick and Narra had blood-alcohol levels of 0.02 and 0.03, respectively, Wickersham said. Bobchick also had a small amount of marijuana in his system.
The car’s driver, Jonathan Manolios, had a blood-alcohol level of 0.08, which qualifies for drunken driving in Michigan. Manolios, Emanuel "Manny" Malaj and Michael Wells, all 17-years-old and from Sterling Heights, were killed in the crash. Malaj had a blood-alcohol level of 0.02 and Wells' was 0.07. Their blood-alcohol levels were tested by hospital personnel and the Macomb County Medical Examiner's Office.
Sheriff Anthony Wickersham said earlier this month that investigators determined the Jaguar probably was traveling between 72 mph and 82 mph before it hit a guardrail, flipped five times and tumbled into Stony Creek.
Four of the teens were ejected from the vehicle. Bobchick was the only passenger wearing a seat belt and he remained in the car.
Investigators found beer in the vehicle and an empty bottle of Captain Morgan rum near where the car landed in the creek. The next day, they found two backpacks believed to belong to occupants in the Jaguar. One of the bags held a bottle of Crown Royal whiskey, Wickersham said.