Gets 300 Days In Jail For Crash That Injured Three
Andrea Gutierrez, a 22-year-old woman from Macomb County, was sentenced on Wednesday, May 28th, to 300 days in jail and three years of probation. She pled no contest to charges that she was driving drunk last August and hit three people with her car.
According to the Macomb County Sheriff’s office, three people were out taking a morning stroll when they were hit by Gutierrez’s car. The victims were a 61-year-old man, his 59-year-old wife, and a 77-year-old man. There names have not been released.
Apparently Gutierrez told officers that she was driving into bright sunlight on Brookside Lane in Washington Township, when she hit what she thought were trash cans. Her BAC taken at the scene was 0.12%. Under Michigan law, the legal alcohol limit for drivers is 0.08%.
According to court records, in January, Gutierrez pled no contest to two counts of operating while intoxicated causing incapacitating injury, and one count of operating while intoxicated, which is her second offense.
Macomb County Circuit Court Judge James Biernat Jr. issued the sentence, stating also that Gutierrez is to wear a tether for six months after her release from jail, her license will be suspended, and she is also to perform 60 days of community service. Additionally, she is to have no contact with the three people that she injured in the accident.
She was sentenced to 300 days, which is approximately 10 ½ months, in the Macomb County Jail, with credit for 3 days already served.
Operating while intoxicated causing incapacitating injury is a felony and is punishable by up to 5 years in prison and fines of up to $5,000. Operating while intoxicated, second offense, is a misdemeanor and is punishable by a $200 to $1,000 fine, 5 days to 1 year in jail, along with the possibility of several other additional punishments including community service, loss of driver’s license and even vehicle forfeiture.