Duluth man faces felony drunk driving charge
A Duluth man accused of driving drunk for a fifth time was bound over for arraignment Wednesday in Douglas County Circuit Court.
Michael Wayne Brodie, 67, faces one count felony operating while intoxicated-fifth offense. If convicted, he faces a maximum of six years imprisonment and a fine up to $10,000.
According to the criminal complaint:
Brodie was pulled over by a Wisconsin state trooper for a traffic violation after he made an illegal left turn off Tower Avenue onto North 31st Street. He told the trooper he had just brought a friend home and was trying to get back to Duluth.
The trooper could smell a noticeable odor of intoxicants on Brodie and his speech was slurred. When asked how much he had to drink that night, the Duluth man said he didn’t have much. A preliminary breath test resulted in an alcohol concentration readout of 0.18.
Brodie was released on a $3,000 signature bond and ordered not to consume or possess alcoholic beverages, and not operate a motor vehicle without a valid driver’s license. His next court appearance was set for May 9.