A 19-year-old Shelby Township man accused of drunken driving is facing multiple felony charges after police say he lost control of his car and drove into another vehicle carrying a family of four Sunday in Chesterfield Township.
Brandon Ostipow was arraigned Thursday in 42-2 District Court in New Baltimore on three counts of operating while intoxicated causing serious injury, three counts of operating with a suspended license causing injury, and one count of unlawful use of a motor vehicle.
While the unlawful use charge is a misdemeanor punishable by up to two years in jail, the other six counts are felony charges punishable by up to five years in jail each, according to police.
Chesterfield police say the accident, which trapped a family of four from Clinton Township in their vehicle, took place shortly before 7 a.m. on 23 Mile Road east of I-94.
Officers believe Ostipow, who was driving on a suspended license and had a preliminary blood alcohol content of 0.25, lost control of his vehicle while driving westbound on 23 Mile Road and struck the family’s vehicle coming in the opposite direction.
Witnesses to the accident told police Ostipow was driving erratically and speeding before he struck the other vehicle.
Police say the victims, a 47-year-old woman and her children, ages 2, 14 and 15, were injured in the accident. All four, along with Ostipow, were transported to a nearby hospital to be treated for their injuries, which police say are serious, but non-life threatening.
Ostipow was arrested upon his release from the hospital and is currently being held in Macomb County Jail on a $50,000 cash bond.