Sheriff: Three drunken drivers arrested in Macomb Co.

Tom Greenwood
The Detroit News

Mount Clemens — Over a nine-hour period, Macomb County sheriff’s deputies arrested three drivers who each had numerous drunken driving convictions and who each registered high blood alcohol content levels, according to authorities.

The first arrest occurred at about 6 p.m. Saturday when the dispatch center issued a “BOLO” (be on the look out) for a black Toyota Scion that was reportedly weaving and crossing into oncoming traffic.

The vehicle was spotted on North Avenue, near 26 Mile, in Macomb Township. According to police, the driver — a 36-year-old Waterford Township woman — appeared to be highly intoxicated but denied she had been drinking.

The woman was arrested for operating while impaired (OWI) after authorities say she failed to perform field sobriety tests. At that point, deputies discovered that she was operating on a temporary driver’s permit due to an arrest on Aug. 7 in St. Clair County for operating a motor vehicle while impaired.

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The woman was given a breathalyzer test at the Macomb County Jail that determined her blood alcohol content (BAC) to be 0.39 percent, nearly five times the legal limit of 0.08.

She was transported to a local hospital due to her high level of intoxication. She is facing charges of OWI with a high BAC. Due to her hospitalization, the sherriff’s office will seek warrant authorization at a later date, said Lt. John Michalke of the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office. Her name has not been released pending an arraignment.

Deputies made a second arrest at about 9:50 p.m. in Ray Township after receiving a call about a 2008 Ford Super Duty pickup stuck in a ditch near 27 Mile and Teller.

According to authorities, the driver was still behind the wheel and had to be helped from the truck. He was arrested after failing to perform sobriety tests and was taken to the Macomb County Jail.

The driver, identified as Jonathon Alhakim of Grosse Pointe Farms, 47, was given a breathalyzer test which registered a BAC of 0.25 percent, more than three times the legal limit.

Deputies discovered that Alhakim had six prior OWI convictions as well as several license suspensions and revocations. He was charged with OWI (third offense), driving with license suspended (second offense) and having open intoxicants in a motor vehicle.

Alhakim was video arraigned in the 42nd District Court in Romeo on Monday. He remains in the Macomb County Jail after failing to post a $25,000 cash bond. He is due back in court on Sept. 22.

At about 2:30 a.m. Sunday, a sheriff’s deputy on patrol near 21 Mile and Card spotted a 2014 Dodge Ram pickup that was swerving in its lane of travel.

The truck was stopped on Hall Road and Macomb Center Drive. There were two people in the vehicle. The deputy noted that the driver appeared confused and disoriented.

The driver was arrested for OWI after failing to perform field sobriety tests. At the Macomb County Jail his BAC proved to be 0.18 percent, more than twice the legal limit of 0.08.

Officials have identified him as Lesh Gorvokovic, 34, of New Haven. According to authorities, Gorvokovic has three prior OWI convictions and his driver’s license was revoked.

Gorvokovic was charged with OWI (third offense) and driving with a suspended license second offense.

Gorvokovic was released on Sunday after posting a $10,000 bond.

TGreenwood@detroitnews.com

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Detroit News Staff Writer Candice Williams contributed.