2 Orion Twp. men face 8th arrests for drunken driving
Lake Orion police made back-to-back arrests Friday and Saturday of allegedly intoxicated men on their eighth drunken driving offenses, according to the department.
Douglas George Bowman, 54, of Orion Township was arrested first around 11:30 p.m. Friday near South Broadway and Heights after his white pickup was reported driving “all over the road.”
A responding officer allegedly found Bowman in the truck, exiting a McDonald’s parking lot onto northbound Broadway. The suspect was driving erratically and struck a curb near Atwater, police said.
“The officer stopped the vehicle and immediately detected signs of intoxication on the driver, who stated he does not have a driver’s license,” officials said. “As the driver exited the truck to complete sobriety tests, the officer saw that the driver had urinated in his pants.”
Bowman failed his roadside sobriety tests and was arrested for operating while intoxicated. A warrant for his blood was obtained and executed.
He was lodged at the Oakland County Jail. Police in their release did not specify his blood alcohol content.
Records show Bowman has seven previous convictions for drunken driving and 31 open driver’s license suspensions. He has “numerous” convictions for driving with a suspended license, police said.
Bowman was arraigned Monday before 52/3 District Court Magistrate Marie Soma on charges of felony operating while intoxicated and misdemeanor operating with a suspended or revoked license. He was given a $25,000 bond and returned to the Oakland County Jail.
If released, he must wear an alcohol tether.
Bowman is due back in court Sept. 27 before 52/3 District Court Judge Julie A. Nicholson.
Less than 24 hours after Bowman’s arrest, Lake Orion police arrested another man on his eighth drunken driving offense.
Gary Michael Osborn, 57, of Orion Township was spotted around 8:30 p.m. Saturday, riding erratically on a bicycle rigged with an engine and no lights, according to police. An officer observed him exit a gas station parking lot into the southbound lanes of South Broadway, where he narrowly avoided another vehicle also headed southbound.
“The officer turned to get behind the motorized bicycle and watched the driver exit the roadway and enter onto sidewalks, heading south at 30 mph,” police said. “(He was) passing driveways of several businesses, again narrowly avoiding being hit by vehicles entering and exiting the parking lots.”
Osborn eventually pulled over and indicated to the officer that he did not have a driver’s license due to past drunken driving convictions.
The man has seven previous drunken driving convictions, including five felonies. He also has 12 open license suspensions and has not possessed a valid license since 1980, police said.
The officer observed signs of intoxication during Saturday’s stop, police said. Osborn failed field tests for sobriety and was arrested. Testing at the police department indicated a blood alcohol content of 0.18.
Further investigation revealed Osborn was riding a Huffy bicycle at the time of his arrest. The bike was outfitted with an added engine and fuel tank, police said.
Osborn was arraigned Monday in 52/3 District Court on charges of felony operating while intoxicated and misdemeanor operating with a suspended or revoked license. He was given a $25,000 cash bond and lodged at the Oakland County Jail.
If released, he must wear an alcohol tether, police said.
Osborn is due back in court Sept. 29 before 52/3 District Court Judge Lisa L. Asadoorian.