A Michigan man has been charged with driving under the influence

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A suspected drunken driver accused of causing a fatal crash in Macomb County, Michigan on Saturday is out on bond on a previous charge of operating a vehicle while intoxicated (OWI), prosecutors said.

Demetrius Benson was westbound on 8 Mile Road when he ran a red light and struck another vehicle traveling southbound on Groesbeck, the district attorney’s office said.

After the crash, Benson abandoned his car and attempted to rear-end another car, but was dragged and run over. The suspect broke both legs and suffered multiple injuries in the altercation with the other driver, but is expected to survive.

The driver who was hit initially was taken to the hospital, but later died from his injuries.

At the time of the crash, Benson was out on bail for a previous OWI charge that occurred in June 2021 in Wayne County.

Additionally, Benson’s criminal history includes arrests and convictions for “eluding police in 2055, domestic violence in 2011, and delivery/production of a controlled substance,” Macomb Daily reported.

Benson is now facing multiple charges including driving while intoxicated causing death, driving with a suspended license causing death, attempted carjacking, possession of a controlled substance and operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated.

If convicted on all counts, the suspect could face up to 44 years in prison.

“This tragic death was preventable,” said Macomb County District Attorney Peter J. Lucido in a press release.

A 37th District Court judge set Benson’s bond at $500,000. If he posts bond and is released, he will be ordered to wear a GPS bracelet and abstain from alcohol and drugs.

According to the CDC, in 2020, 11,654 people died in crashes involving drunk drivers. This is 30% of all road traffic deaths in the country.

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