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Car wipes out park fence again


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June 20, 2013
GROSSE POINTE SHORES — Another motorist is accused of drunkenly driving a car off the end of Vernier, knocking down a section of wrought iron fence at Osius municipal park and hitting a tree about 10 feet inside the property line.

Such incidents are among reasons Grosse Pointe Shores officials passed an ordinance a few years ago making people convicted of damaging public property pay for repairs.

Officials also cited careless drivers when allocating money in next fiscal year’s budget to install surveillance cameras at the intersection of Lakeshore and Vernier.

The latest alleged offender is a 25-year-old woman from Orion Township.

At 3:06 a.m. Sunday, June 9, a patrolman found her lying against the park fence 25 feet from a 2000 Saturn L300 inside park grounds.

Officers determined she was operating the car and missed the turn from eastbound Vernier to Lakeshore.

“(A) witness stated he observed the suspect vehicle eastbound (on) Vernier traveling at a high rate of speed,” said a public safety officer. “(It) proceeded through the intersection and crashed through the park fence.”

Patches of repaired curb at the foot of Vernier and old scars on the tree attest to prior impacts.

The woman had a .15 percent blood alcohol level, nearly twice the legal limit to operate a motor vehicle in Michigan, officers said.

The woman reportedly told police she wasn’t the driver. Another woman had been behind the wheel, she said.

Officers found nothing to support her claim.

Medics took her to a hospital for observation.

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