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Drunk Motorist Drives Van Into Ditch In Putnam, Police Say

Michael Collins, 51,
Michael Collins, 51, Photo Credit: Kent Police Department

A Kent man was charged with aggravated DWI after police found his van in a ditch on Route 52 Tuesday and his blood alcohol level more than three times the legal limit, according to Kent Police.

Michael Collins, 51, was charged after Officer Brian Forde arrived on scene and found Collins outside of the vehicle, unsteady on his feet, and smelling like alcohol, said Chief Alexander DiVernieri.

He was administered a number of field sobriety tests and was charged with aggravated DWI after his blood alcohol level came back at more than three times the legal limit of 0.08 percent, said DiVernieri.

Collins' charge was elevated to a felony when a background check revealed he had a previous DWI conviction within the past 10 years, police said.

He was released to his family and is scheduled to appear in court on May 24.

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