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Wrong way driver arrested on northbound Telegraph

Following numerous 911 calls and a short pursuit, Bloomfield Township police pulled over and arrested a wrong way driver traveling southbound in the northbound lanes of Telegraph Road from Long Lake Road around 9 p.m. Sunday, April 28.


The vehicle, described as a white Volvo, was observed by officers in the distance approaching Quarton Road while still driving the wrong way. Officers quickly activated their emergency lights to slow down and alert the heavy traffic that was headed northbound on Telegraph.


The Volvo passed the police cruiser still going southbound in the northbound lands going approximately 50 m.p.h. and continued on, nearly striking a motorcyclist. Officers got behind the Volvo and began a short pursuit southbound while still in the northbound lanes.


The driver of the Volvo reacted to the patrol car's emergency lights and sirens and pulled over near Country Club Drive. The driver was identified as a 55-year-old Wixom male, who officers noted had the odor of intoxicants emanating, his speech was slurred and he was unsteady on his feet. The driver eventually admitted to drinking a bottle of $3.99 Bay Bridge wine.


Officers put the driver through standardized field sobriety testing, and he was arrested for operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated. He was brought back to the Bloomfield Township Police Department, where he consented to a breath test. The breath test revealed his bodily alcohol content was over twice the legal limit.He was held at the police department over night and released with an appearance ticket for the offense.

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