VAN BUREN COUNTY – A 32-year-old Kalamazoo man arrested under Michigan’s new “Super Drunk” law was arraigned Thursday afternoon in Paw Paw district court. If convicted, this would be his third OWI offense.
The arrest happened around 1 a.m. Thursday. Police say Travis Radtke crashed into a tree in the 22000 block of Red Arrow Highway. When officers arrived, an uninjured Radtke told them "he had way too much to drink to be driving and must have fallen asleep while doing so [and] his car traveled off the road and struck a tree,” according to a news release.
Radtke bond was set at $7,5000 or 10 percent -- $750. He posted bond and is awaiting his next court appearance on November 20 at 8:30 a.m.
According to the Associated Press, the "Super Drunk" legislation that took effect in October 2010 is geared to give harsher penalties for those with a BAC of .17 or above. It calls for a sentence up to 180 days in jail. The traditional drunk driving law, triggered by a .08 BAC, caries a penalty of up to 93 days in jail. It is unclear at this time, however, how Radtke's previous OWI offenses could affect sentencing if he's convicted.