Late in August a Ferndale police officer was struck by an SUV during an incident in which officers were attempting to break up a crowd at the corner of Woodward and E. Breckenridge. Aimee Sturm, the 33-year-old female driver of the SUV, has been charged with Operating While Intoxicated.
The police officer who sustained injuries was crossing Breckenridge according to police, when a Dodge Durango drove straight toward him after turning from northbound Woodward on to eastbound Breckenridge. According to news reports, the officer yelled for the driver of the SUV to stop, and was signaling with his hands. The SUV continued on, apparently ignoring the officer’s signals, and drove into a parking lot after striking the officer.
When the SUV was finally stopped, police say that Sturm did not seem to realize that she had hit someone. After administering a breath test, police determined that Sturm’s blood alcohol level was .21. The officer who was struck sustained minor injuries; he was treated at a local hospital and released. Sturm has been arraigned on the OWI charges and bond was set at $750.
The incident took place around 2 a.m. on August 25th as Ferndale police officers responded to a disturbance in the area.
Driving while intoxicated (DWI) and driving under the influence (DUI) are considered criminal offenses in Michigan. More and more, states across the nation are cracking down hard on those who choose to consume alcohol before getting behind the wheel. However, Michigan criminal defense lawyers know that we are all human, and we all make mistakes. Without aggressive legal representation, individuals convicted of these types of offenses may face stiff monetary fines, jail time, driver’s license suspension and more.