Henry Ford’s great-great-grandaughter, Elena Ford, was recently arrested in Ferndale, Michigan for drunk driving. It is reported that a police officer noticed that Ms. Ford was speeding and that her 2011 Ford Explorer swerved in its lane, brushed against the curb, and eventually went up over the curb before bouncing back onto the road.
The officer reports that he pulled her over and noticed she smelled like alcohol and had glassy eyes, slurred speech, and a red face. Ford was given field sobriety tests, however she was unable to recite the alphabet past the letter “G” and count backwards from 100 to 80 without stopping or making mistakes. Her breathalyzer test read a blood alcohol level of .18; that is more than twice the legal limit in Michigan.
Elena Ford’s 11 year-old son was also in the car with her. This resulted in an additional charge of Child Endangerment on top of the OWI. Child Endangerment is a misdemeanor often charged when a person drives while intoxicated in Michigan with a child under the age of 16 in the vehicle at the time of the offense. This factual scenario often leads to both criminal charges and child abuse / neglect cases designed to strip parents or guardians of their parental rights. Top Michigan Children’s Protective Services Defense Lawyers know how to fight against charges of Child Endangerment.
Michigan drunk driving cases affect people from all walks of life. Child Endangerment cases can have severe consequences for parents. Fortunately, a competent Michigan Criminal Defense Attorney can often help clients avoid the severe consequences of these types of cases.