Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Safe driving tips for the Thanksgiving weekend

An estimated 1.5 million Michiganders will travel during the 102-hour Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend and the Michigan Sheriffs' Association would like all of them to arrive at their destinations safely.
The combination of long distance travel and a relatively short time period can turn deadly. Thirteen people were killed and 631 were injured in car crashes during the 2013 Thanksgiving holiday. In order to avoid becoming a statistic, the Michigan Sheriffs' Association advises you to get plenty of rest before driving, avoid alcohol and wear your seat belts.
Crashes spike on Wednesday and Sunday evening - the two heaviest travel times. Postponing your departure until Thursday morning decreases the likelihood of being involved in a crash with a deer or drowsy or drunk driver by almost 50%.  
The holiday coincides with the firearm deer season, which means hunters will add to the numbers on the road during the high travel holiday. A large deer herd, combined with large numbers of cars on the road, creates a high probability for car/deer collisions as well.  

From all employees of the Leelanau County Sheriff's Office, have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving. 

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Single car crash sends Empire man to hospital

A 76 year-old Empire man "misjudged" his speed turning off S Dune Highway onto W Stocking Drive Monday and ended up crashing into some trees.  Reuben Chapman was transported to Munson Medical Center for possible injuries after the 11:08am crash in Empire Township.

Roads were wet but not a factor in the crash.  Chapman was restrained and an airbag deployed.  No citation was issued to the driver.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Leelanau's Wanted suspect one of two weekend warrant arrests

A recent addition to Leelanau's Wanted was arrested in Grand Traverse County over the weekend.  Mauricio L. Southbird, 20, was wanted for violating probation on a Larceny in a Building conviction.  He sits in the Leelanau County jail without bond until a Circuit Court appearance.

A 22 year-old Traverse City man was sentenced to 12 days in jail and had his probation revoked Friday.  Eduardo G. Duran, 22, was arrested in court on a bench warrant after failing to appear for a previous show cause hearing. 

He pleaded guilty to a probation violation Friday involving a 2013 OWI arrest and conviction.  Duran's probation was revoked as unsuccessful but he will still be responsible for fines and costs incurred.

Leland woman arrested for OWI

Leelanau County Sheriff's deputies stopped a 62 year-old Leland woman for driving completely left of center on E Duck Lake Road in Leland Township Friday night at 11:12pm.  Upon contact, the driver showed signs of alcohol consumption and was given several field sobriety tasks to perform.

The suspect was arrested for Operating While Intoxicated after failing the tests.  After being booking into the Leelanau jail she was able to post interim $100 bond pending an upcoming District Court appearance.