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    Drunk Driving Causing Injury Carries Greater Penalties

    A Macomb County teenager recently learned the seriousness of charges for drunk driving that results in serious injury.

    The 17-year-old girl’s grandmother turned her in to police after she was allegedly involved in a hit-and-run accident which caused serious injuries to a pedestrian.

    The young woman was charged with failure to stop at the scene of an accident that caused serious impairment, with operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated resulting in serious injury and with operating a motor vehicle as a minor with any blood alcohol content (BAC).

    The accident occurred a short time after midnight on March 4. Police claim that the young woman struck a 28-year-old pedestrian and then left the scene in her vehicle. The pedestrian was critically injured, but is recovering.

    Police received a phone call later that night from the driver’s grandmother. The authorities claim that the driver admitted to hitting the pedestrian, and they placed her under arrest.

    A first offense of operating while intoxicated usually carries a maximum sentence of 93 days in jail and a fine of between $100 and $500. But when alleged drunk driving results in an accident causing a serious injury, the driver can be charged with a felony and may face imprisonment of up to five years and a fine of between $1,000 and $5,000. When alleged drunk driving causes an accident resulting in death, the charges are even more severe: a driver can face up to 15 years in prison and a fine of between $2,500 and $10,000.