July 23, 2014

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Man lands seventh DUI

EATON TWP. — A Brunswick man was charged with his seventh DUI on Sunday after falling asleep at the wheel of his car while waiting at a railroad crossing, a sheriff deputy’s report said.

Gregory Born, 37, was charged with DUI, parking on a highway, driving under suspension and no lights.

A deputy was called to the state Route 83 railroad crossing in Eaton Township at 2 a.m. Sunday by a motorist who was behind Born’s Chevy Lumina at the crossing, the report said.

The motorist told the deputy that she drove up behind the stopped vehicle, but since it never started moving again, she thought she ought to alert authorities. Deputy Bryan Plemons arrived and found Born slumped behind the wheel of the vehicle, apparently sleeping, the report said.

Plemons opened the driver’s door and an “overwhelming odor of stale beer fumed from the interior of the vehicle,” the report said.

Born didn’t wake up when the car’s interior dome light flicked on, nor did he wake when the deputy turned off the vehicle’s ignition and unlatched Born’s seat belt.

“Only after I slightly shook his left shoulder, did this male open his red, bloodshot eyes and yawn and moan as if waking up from bed,” the report said. Plemons asked for Born’s license, and Born handed him his cell phone.

The report said Born failed every stage of a sobriety test. His prior DUI convictions date from 1993 to present.