Drunken driving alleged as cause of accident

Sunday Times Newspapers

LINCOLN PARK — A suspected drunken driver faces operating while intoxicated charges after driving into a motorcycle and injuring its driver Aug. 21.

Police responded to the scene at 7:15 p.m. near the intersection of Fort Street and St. Johns. Officers first saw a 23-year-old man lying on the sidewalk near a blue Suzuki motorcycle, which was on its side. The man was bleeding from his arms and stomach.

The man said he had been riding on Fort Street when he was struck by a white Ford Explorer that had turned and was headed north on Fort.

Witnesses told police the driver of the Explorer did not slow down, and that the motorcycle was not speeding and had the right of way. The motorcycle rider had honked a horn and tried to avoid impact but the Explorer struck him.

The driver of the Explorer, Andrea Bringman, 45, of Wyandotte, told police she might have had two beers earlier in the day, although officers noted a strong odor of intoxicants. She told police she did not see the motorcycle.

Bringman failed several field sobriety tests and had a blood alcohol content of 0.34 — more than four times the legal limit for drunken driving in Michigan. Bringman was taken to the police station and was arraigned in 25th District Court on Aug. 22 and charged with operating while intoxicated and failure to yield. The Explorer was impounded and towed to police headquarters for possible forfeiture as Bringman has a prior alcohol conviction.

Bringman is scheduled for a pre-trial hearing in 25th District Court on Sept. 13. She was released on bond.

(James Mitchell can be reached at jmitchell@bewickpublications.com.)