Drunk driver nearly crashes into Arenac Eastern


TWINING — A jeep driven by an intoxicated driver came literally within feet of crashing through the front door of the Arenac Eastern early Wednesday morning.

“At around 1 a.m on Jan. 6, Arenac Central Dispatch received a call that a vehicle may have crashed in front of the Arenac Eastern School,” said an e-mail to the Independent from Undersheriff Donald McIntyre. He said the AuGres-Sims Police Department were the first on scene and observed a 1993 Jeep Cherokee crashed into a tree next to the school.

The jeep was abandoned and Sheriff’s Office Deputies attempted to locate the driver, McIntyre said.

“A short time later, Deputies located a subject running north across Main St. A short foot chase ensued until the suspect could be apprehended. The subject advised Deputies that the crashed vehicle at the school was in fact his vehicle, and that he also had no insurance. It was also clear to the Deputies that the suspect was intoxicated,” McIntyre’s e-mail said.

Robert R. Stomberski was arraigned in Arenac County's 81st District Court in relation to the accident. He was charged with failing to stop at a personal injury accident, driving without insurance, operating a vehicle while intoxicated, unlawful use of a license plate and driving without a valid driver’s license. He pleaded not guilty to all counts and was placed on a $10,000 personal recognizance bond. Stromberski is scheduled for a pretrial conference at 8:30 a.m. on Feb 1,


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