POLICE BLOTTER: Conservation officers stop drugged, drunk drivers
Recent actions by law enforcement agencies in Northeast Michigan. This has been only lightly edited.
MICHIGAN DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES
CO Dan Liestenfeltz was patrolling Albert Township in Montmorency County when he observed a group of ORVs travel past him at a very high rate of speed down the center of the roadway. CO Liestenfeltz caught up to the operators and initiated a stop on three quads. After talking with the lead operator, CO Liestenfeltz observed many signs of intoxication. CO Liestenfeltz conducted standardized field sobriety tests on the subject, and it was determined that the subject was operating above the legal alcohol limit. CO Liestenfeltz placed the subject into custody and transported him to the Montmorency County jail. At the jail, the subject refused to properly give breath into the data master. A blood draw was given, and the case will be pending with the Montmorency County Prosecutor’s Office.
CO Sidney Collins was on ORV patrol in Montmorency County when she came across two lost subjects on ORVs. The operators had become lost and were almost out of gas and without any cell phone service to call for help. CO Collins assisted the ORV riders out of the woods and made sure they were able to make it to a gas station.
CO Jessie Curtis was patrolling Alpena County in Wilson Township when she observed a vehicle leave the roadway twice. After further investigation and field sobriety tests, it was determined the driver was operating under the influence of drugs. The operator was lodged, and the case is pending with the Alpena County Prosecutor’s Office.