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Drivers tagged in Bloomfield Twp. drunk driving arrests

Mark Hicks
The Detroit News

After a night out last weekend that included hitting a tree and construction barrel, two motorists wound up behind bars for allegedly driving drunk, Bloomfield Township police said.

In one case, officers were notified at about 9:50 p.m. Friday that a “vehicle was being driven erratically” on Telegraph near Long Lake, according to a statement.

The officers caught up to the car and spotted it “swerving across lane markers, accelerating aggressively and following too closely,” the release read. “When officers pulled the vehicle over, the driver struck the base of a construction barrel.”

Once stopped, the driver told police he had had four beers and legally had a pistol, police said.

When asked, the man “was unable to say his alphabet, count, stand on one leg, or walk a straight line,” authorities said.

A Breathalyzer test later revealed a blood-alcohol content level of 0.23.

The driver, identified as Michael Gardner, a 45-year-old Newport resident, was arrested and cited for operating while intoxicated as well as carrying a 40-caliber pistol while intoxicated.

He was arraigned Wednesday before Judge Marc Barron at 48th District Court in Bloomfield Hills.

Meanwhile, the Oakland County gun board is reviewing the case for a possible concealed pistol license suspension, police said.

In another case involving suspected drunken driving, Bloomfield Township police were called to the 500 block of Lahser at about 3:50 a.m. Saturday.

“Upon their arrival, officers observed a 2005 black Ford F150 that had left the roadway and struck a tree,” police said in a statement. “Shortly after the crash, the driver, a 27-year-old Lincoln Park resident, got out of the car and fled the scene. Officers were able to locate the driver walking on a sidewalk about a mile away.”

Investigators also learned his driver’s license had been suspended from two prior drunk-driving convictions.

The driver told them he was drinking “but did not know how much he had consumed,” police said. “He also did not know where he was at or where he was going.”

After placing him under arrest, officers then “found controlled substance pills in his pocket, which he did not have a prescription for,” according to the release.

Criminal charges were pending results of a blood test, police said.