Man charged with drunken hit and run in Howard City

By Elisabeth Waldon • Last Updated 1:30 pm on Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Michael Barr

STANTON — A Morley man was arrested and charged after a drunken hit and run accident in Howard City last week.

According to Howard City Police Chief Steve DeWitt, a 47-year-old man from Howard City contacted police shortly after midnight Oct. 19 and advised his vehicle had just been struck by another vehicle driving without headlights at the intersection of Ensley and Williams streets.

A Howard City police officer located the vehicle about five blocks away at the intersection of Orton and Shaw streets. The driver, Michael Barr, 26, of Morley, refused a breath test from police. A 27-year-old male passenger from Morley was released at the scene.

Barr was taken to a local hospital under a search warrant so police could obtain a blood sample. Barr was verbally abusive, belligerent and hostile to police and hospital staff, according to DeWitt. He was taken to the Montcalm County Jail in Stanton.

Barr was arraigned Oct. 19 in 64B District Court in Stanton. He was charged with operating while intoxicated, operating without a license and failure to stop at the scene of a property damage accident.

DeWitt said he seeking an enhanced charge of operating while intoxicated second offense, due to Barr’s previous arrest in an unrelated incident.

The results of Barr’s blood test won’t be known for several weeks as the sample was sent to a crime lab.


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