Man, 32, charged with OWI causing death after crash

Deadly OWI Crash

GRATTAN TOWNSHIP, MICH. - A Lowell man charged with a deadly crash last week in Grattan Township had a blood alcohol level nearly three times the legal limit when police say he ran a stop sign and collided with another vehicle, killing the driver, court records show.

Michael Ray Hoogewind, 32, is charged with operating while intoxicated causing death for the Nov. 9 crash. His blood alcohol level registered at .23 percent, according to court records. The threshold for drunken driving is .08 percent.

Investigators say Hoogewind was was travelling west on Six Mile Road NE when he ran a stop sign at Lincoln Lake Avenue.  His 2006 Saab struck a Pontiac Grand Am traveling south on Lincoln Lake Avenue.  The driver of the southbound vehicle, 58-year-old David Cliff, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Cliff, of Greenville, was serving with the U.S. Army in Germany, according to his obituary.

A Kent County deputy detected the odor of alcohol on Hoogewind, who admitted that he'd been drinking alcohol, court records show.

It is not his first alcohol-related offense. He was arrested in Kent County in Dec. 2010 for driving with a blood alcohol level of .17 percent or more. Hoogewind's driver's license was suspended in March, 2011 for a year, according to the Michigan Secretary of State's Office.

His license was not reinstated until 2013 due to violations tied to the drunk driving conviction, state records show.

Hoogewind will be back in 63rd District Court on Nov. 23 for probable cause hearing on the felony charge, which is punishable by up to 15 years in prison.

He is currently free on bond.

 

(© 2016 WZZM)


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