Police: Man leaving 50th reunion hits deer, gets OWI

James David Dickson
The Detroit News

What should have been a night of celebration for a man enjoying his 50th high school reunion took a turn for the worse Saturday night when the man hit a deer on Interstate 75, then was charged with operating his vehicle under the influence of alcohol, Troy police said.

Troy police responded to a report that a vehicle drove off the roadway on northbound I-75 near Crooks. When an officer arrived, he found a black 2015 Chrysler Town & Country about 250 feet past a shoulder guardrail and its driver, a 66-year-old Detroit man, walking back toward the car.

The man told the officer that a deer had run into the path of his vehicle, and he hit it, according to police. During the conversation, police say the officer noticed an odor of alcohol coming from the man, and asked him about it. The man admitted he’d been at his 50th high school reunion, according to Sgt. Meghan Lehman, a department spokeswoman, and had been drinking.

Police asked the man to take a roadside sobriety test, but say he performed poorly. A preliminary breath test produced a result of .094, which is above the legal limit of .08 in Michigan.

The man was arrested and charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol, first offense.