Local man jailed after single-vehicle accident

MARQUETTE – Charges are being sought on a Marquette man who allegedly was drinking and driving and crashed his vehicle into a tree Sunday morning.

The Marquette City Police Department said the single-vehicle accident was discovered by a passerby at 5:22 a.m. The vehicle had left the roadway and hit a tree near the intersection of Sugarloaf Avenue and Clark Street.

Police said the 20-year-old driver was still inside the vehicle when they arrived, and he suffered some facial injuries in the accident. The man’s name is not being published, pending his appearance in Marquette County District Court.

Police said the man had failed to negotiate a curve, left the roadway and struck the tree. EMS personnel arrived on the scene and took the man to Marquette General Hospital for treatment of his injuries. Police said they recovered evidence the driver was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash.

Officers completed sobriety tests on the man after he was treated for his injuries and he was then lodged in the Marquette County Jail. Police said charges were being sought for operating a vehicle while intoxicated and violation of restrictions on the man’s driver’s license.

John Pepin can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 206.