An accused tipsy driver makes things worse with 'super-drunk' Macomb court appearance

February 12, 2020, 7:58 AM

Call it a cry for help or a sad case of alcohol dependence: James Gird of Harrison Township shows how not to appear in court on a drunk-driving charge. 

He appeared so tipsy in Shelby Township District Court that Magistrate James Verploeg ordered a sobriety test, the county prosecutor says in a news release.

"Police and prosecutors say Gird was slurring his words and failed a standard field sobriety test," Fox 2 News reports (video below). 

When he was tested, Gird's blood alcohol content was more than four times the legal limit to drive.

Gird admitted to having a "couple" shots and a partly empty vodka bottle was discovered in his vehicle, according to Prosecutor Eric Smith. "Clearly this defendant has a real issue with alcohol and it must be addressed before an innocent person is seriously harmed," said Smith.

Gird, 57, was arraigned last Friday on a new charge of driving while "super-drunk" and his bond was set at $25,000. He remained in the county jail Tuesday, the sheriff's office tells the Free Press.

Read more:  Fox 2

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