Early Morning Collision with Motorcycle Results in OWI Charge
Adri Anna Guzman, a 26-year-old resident of Standish, MI, recently entered a felony drunk driving plea in the Bay County Circuit Court. She pleaded no contest to one count of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated causing serious injury. This is a felony charge and is punishable by up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000. In exchange for her plea, the prosecution has agreed to dismiss the misdemeanor charge of moving violation causing serious bodily impairment.
A no contest plea is not technically an admission of guilt, but the court treats it as one for the purposes of sentencing.
The charges against Guzman stem from a drunk driving collision that occurred last year on May 27, 2013 in Pinconning, MI. According to reports from the Bay County Sheriff’s office, deputies were called to the site of a vehicle collision on North Huron Road near Neuman Road about 12:30 a.m. They arrived to find a man lying in the road being attended to by paramedics and firefighters. A 2010 Harley-Davidson motorcycle with significant front end damage was nearby.
Also parked nearby was Guzman’s 2004 Chevy Impala, which had severe damage to the passenger side. Guzman, while seated in the ambulance, apparently told deputies that she had been heading for a friend’s home when she attempted to make a left hand turn and collided with the motorcyclist, 47-year-old Alfred E. Schulz II.
In police reports it was noted that Guzman smelled of alcohol and appeared to be intoxicated. She apparently told officers that, prior to driving, she had consumed one shot of liquor and one Roxicodone pill. She had a prescription for the drug.
At about 1 a.m. Guzman consented to a Breathalyzer test, and the result was 0.069. About one and a half hours later blood samples were taken at McLaren Bay Region hospital which yielded a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.06.
Under Michigan law, a person is considered legally drunk when their blood alcohol level is .08.
However, the law also states that, “A person … shall not operate a vehicle … when, due to the consumption of alcoholic liquor, a controlled substance, or other intoxicating substance, or a combination of alcoholic liquor, a controlled substance, or other intoxicating substance, the person’s ability to operate the vehicle is visibly impaired.”
Guzman is scheduled to be sentenced on Monday, June 9th at 8:30 a.m. by Judge Harry P. Gill in the Bay County Circuit Court.