Marion Fair drunk driver will serve no jail time


REED CITY — After driving drunk through the Marion Fairgrounds in June, a Marion man has been ordered to seek rehabilitation and attend Alcoholics Anonymous.

Michael William Todd, 55, pleaded guilty to one count of “super drunk” driving this week in Osceola County’s 77th District Court. He was sentenced to time served, but he will be on probation for one year and must pay $665 in court fees and fines.

Todd also was ordered to complete an outpatient rehabilitation program and attend weekly Alcoholics Anonymous meetings.

Michigan State Police troopers were called to the fairgrounds on June 19 after fair workers reported a man driving down the midway. The midway was busy and crowded with people at the time, police said. Several people were able to get Todd to stop his car, and they took his keys while they waited for troopers to arrive.

Todd was arrested and taken to Spectrum Health Reed City for evaluation before being lodged at Osceola County Jail. Todd’s blood alcohol content was reported to be 0.36 — more than four times the legal limit.

Michigan’s super drunk law, enacted in 2010, defines a super drunk driver as someone who has a blood alcohol content of .17 or higher at the time of their arrest.