Drunk driver mistakes prison for a bar, gets arrested

One is a building with bars. The other is a building with a bar. And one very drunk woman apparently had trouble telling them apart, ending up in a south-western Michigan jail cell.

A 39-year-old woman mistook the Van Buren County jail for the bar where she was trying to pick up her boyfriend, the sheriff’s department said.

Deputy Robert Miersma spotted the Hartford-area woman backing into the jail car park in Paw Paw and noticed that she smelled of alcohol and appeared intoxicated.

A breath test showed her with more than twice the 0.08% blood alcohol considered drunk in Michigan, the department said. She is expected to face drink-driving charges.


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