Traverse City Record-Eagle

April 26, 2013

Police: Drunk driver parks car, refuses to leave

From staff reports
Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — KINGSLEY — An intoxicated Suttons Bay man was arrested after he allegedly refused to leave his car that he parked when he realized he was too drunk to drive.

A Michigan State Police trooper responded to a report Friday of a suspicious vehicle on Summit City Road in Paradise Township and found Rory Michael Derrigan, 42, in the driver’s seat.

Court documents state Derrigan told the trooper he pulled over and parked his car because he was too drunk, but he refused to leave his vehicle. The trooper had to call in extra help to remove the driver and transport him to Munson Medical Center for a non-consensual blood draw.

“After the blood draw, the defendant was taken to the Grand Traverse County Jail and a (portable breath test) result of .33 was obtained,” the documents state.

Numerous open alcohol containers were found in the car and Derrigan did not have his driver’s license.

Derrigan was arraigned Wednesday on charges of operating under the influence, resisting a police officer, open alcohol containers in a vehicle and driving without a license. His two prior drunk driving convictions make his current OWI charge a felony.

He was being held Thursday in Grand Traverse County Jail on a $5,000 10 percent bond.