"Super Drunk Driving" Arrests In Jackson County

By: Lauren Zakalik Email
By: Lauren Zakalik Email

Smack dab in the middle of trick-or-treating, around 7 o'clock at night, kids are crossing the street, concentrating on their new candy collections.

"She went flying by," describes neighbor Deanna Ekin.

A drunken driver, police say, with a blood alcohol level more than double the legal limit. Ekin saw it all happen on the 700 block of Tomlinson Street.

"That's really scary she was that drunk. And with all the kids out here..." she trails off.

Lt. Elmer Hitt of the Jackson Police says the 28-year-old woman is their first case in the new "super drunk driving" laws-- laws that went into effect 12 a.m. Sunday. According to the law, people could now face much harsher penalties-- including jail time-- if your BAC is .17 or higher.

"Any time you have a drunk driver, when the BAC gets up higher, one concern is the safety of the public," Hitt says.

Neighbors here say one of the scariest things about this situation is that the super drunk arrest on Tomlinson wasn't the only one; there was at least one more in Jackson County on the first day of the law.

"We had two deputies observe a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed," says Lt. Brad Piros of the Sheriff's Office. "Through initial breathalyzer, he registered at a .175."

And that person was caught just four hours after the law went into effect, Piros says.

"It's a threat to anyone on the road. It's an ongoing problem," he says.

Ekin is just thankful no one got hurt, and looks forward to the stricter laws.

"Hopefully it'll open some more eyes," she says.

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  • by Anonymous on Nov 6, 2010 at 01:34 AM
    I live on Tomlinson st, there is a lot of kids. I am glad no one got hurt. i hope this women gets what is deserved.
  • by mike Location: lansing on Nov 2, 2010 at 02:02 PM
    I left a comment on agreeing with heather i still do,but i read the story again,it was all together different than the 1st one i read whats up with that? different reporters or what?
  • by Anonymous Location: Jackson on Nov 2, 2010 at 10:28 AM
    Heather,you need to read the whole story. She was not the one caught just 4 hours after the law went into effect. It was a prior stop that had a BAC of .179 that was stopped just 4 hours after the law took effect.
  • by mike Location: lansing on Nov 2, 2010 at 09:44 AM
    Heather i'am with you sounds like someone trying slip a fast by us,her lawyer will have fun with this one, drunk yes but under old law.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 2, 2010 at 08:34 AM
    Heather - they are talking about two different drunk drivers.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 2, 2010 at 08:27 AM
    Follow up on the story and show her name when she is prosecuted.
  • by JMA Location: Lansing on Nov 2, 2010 at 05:48 AM
    Why are you confused, Heather? The WOMAN got picked up at 7:00 p.m. during trick or treating hours. The first offender (which was a male) got picked up 4 hours after the law went into effect. The article spoke of two different people. Trust me, you're the only one scratching your head. The article clearing states what happened perfectly fine.
  • by James Location: Lansing on Nov 1, 2010 at 05:32 PM
    They should charge this maniac with more than just the new drunk driving law.
  • by Heather Location: Charlotte on Nov 1, 2010 at 04:29 PM
    I'm confused. The law went into effect at 12am. The time was posted as 7pm during trick or treating, then the article goes on to say she was caught just 4 hours after the law went into effect. Am I the only one scratching my head at the time bending done for that to happen? Perhaps she used a time turner.
  • by Kelly Location: Lansing on Nov 1, 2010 at 04:25 PM
    I can't wait to find out who this woman is and see her name all over the news. Imagine someone who is so incredibly stupid as to be a .19 BAC and driving on Halloween, when kids are absolutely everywhere on Tomlinson St.! I'm REALLY going to enjoy this new statute....
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