Woman suspected of being 'super drunk' after driving in Saline on wheel rim
A 26-year-old Pontiac woman was arrested Sunday morning in Saline on suspicion of being a “super drunk” driver after she was seen driving with no tire on one of her wheels.
According to a Saline Police Department report, the woman was driving west on Michigan Avenue just before 9 a.m. Sunday when Officer Theo Helms observed there was no tire on her front passenger side wheel.
The woman did not seem to notice the fact that she was driving on a rim and was swerving slightly in the road, according to the report.
The woman was driving a black 1997 Buick and turned the car right onto Ann Arbor Street, according to the report. The car made a wide turn and went into the oncoming lanes of traffic before swerving back into the correct lane, the report stated. The woman continued to drive erratically as she drove northbound on Ann Arbor Street, according to the report.
Helms eventually pulled the woman over near Russell Street, according to the report. She had trouble finding the button to roll the window down and was smoking a cigarette during the stop, the report stated.
The woman’s eyes were watery and her speech was slurred, the report stated. The woman failed several tests for drunken driving and was arrested on suspicion of operating while intoxicated, according to the report.
When she was brought back to the station, the woman registered a .19 blood alcohol level, according to the report.
The woman eventually admitted she had been partying all night and drinking heavily, the report stated. She was transported to St. Joseph Mercy Hospital for an injured ankle, which she had hurt after falling down some stairs during the night, according to the report.
The woman did not know she was in Saline and believed she was in Canton, according to the report.
Police are not releasing the woman’s name because she has not been arraigned on any charges. Because she registered a .19 during the breathalyzer, she can face increased penalties if charged under Michigan’s so-called “super drunk” law. Anyone arrested with a blood alcohol level above .17 can be charged under the law and faces stiffer punishments than if charged with operating while intoxicated.