Underage drinkers involved in Saturday crash on Capac Rd.


BERLIN TWP. — St. Clair County Sheriff Mat King reported that just one day after the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office kicked off its “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign, a major alcohol-related traffic crash took place on Capac Road in Berlin Township.

Sheriff King said that early Saturday, Dec. 17, two pickup trucks driven by underage drinkers left a local bar and later collided with one another.

“One driver was attempting to pass the other,” King said. “Unfortunately, the trucks collided sending both off of the roadway and rolling multiple times.”

Of the six people involved in the crash, SCC Sheriff’s office reported that three were ejected and five were transported to McLaren Lapeer Region Hospital.

“One male was found pinned under the truck but sustained minor injuries,” said King. “Another male with serious injuries was unconscious upon responders’ arrival and was transported to Royal Oak Beaumont Hospital, where he remains on a ventilator.”

Sheriff King noted that the drivers were 18 and 19 years old and both were found to be intoxicated.

“It is believed that all parties involved had been at a local bar where they allegedly were being served alcohol after producing fake IDs,” King said. “This information was also turned over to the Liquor Control Commission.”

Drivers charged

King added that the driver operating the vehicle that caused the crash was charged with Operating While Intoxicated (OWI) 3rd offense, causing serious injury; and the other driver has been charged with Driving While Intoxicated (DWI).

Tom Wearing started at the Tri-City Times in 1989, covering the Village of Capac as a beat reporter. He later served stints as assistant editor and editor. Today, he covers Imlay City and Almont as a staff writer. He enjoys music and plays drums and sings with various musical groups in the Detroit Metropolitan area.