I-96 Suspect Arraigned on Drunk Driving Charges

By: John Tramontana
By: John Tramontana

Paul Dunsmore may spend the next five years of his life in prison after drinking and getting behind the wheel. He was arraigned on Sunday for drunk driving charges after striking a family of four on Friday night.

Dunsmore was heading westbound on I-96 in his 1992 Ford Crown Victoria when the Mennare family was merging from US 1-27 in a Dodge Neon, driven by 41 year old Carl Mennare. Just seconds later Dunsmore's car struck the family.

"The father and two of his children were treated and released that night," said Trooper Brian Oleksyk of the Michigan State Police. "His 15 year old daughter is still in the hospital with serious injuries in a coma, hanging on for dear life."

Police say the 15 year old suffered serious head trauma with multiple skull and facial fractures. She's being treated at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing. Police say the accident was an avoidable tragedy.

"That accident could have been avoided if the driver of the vehicle was not drinking," Trooper Oleksyk said.

Dunsmore will make another court appearance on December 5th.

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