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Michael G. Daves (click for larger version)
January 11, 2012 - Lake Orion Police assisted Oxford Village Police Jan. 8 with the apprehension of allegedly intoxicated off-duty Oakland County Sheriff's Deputy Michael Glenn Daves.

When Daves, who resides in Oxford, was arrested, his blood-alcohol content ranged from .258 to .29, according to preliminary breath tests. That's more than three times the legal limit of .08.

Daves was a 20-year veteran of the Pontiac Police Department prior to it dissolving last year. He served five months as a deputy with the Pontiac substation.

Daves was arraigned Jan. 10 in Rochester Hills 52-3 District Court on charges of fleeing from police (4th degree), operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated (second offense) and driving with a blood-alcohol content of .17 or more.

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He was released on a $5,000 personal bond.

Daves allegedly led law enforcement on a brief chase before finally stopping outside a residence on Coats Road in Oxford Township. LOPD assisted Oxford Village Police who were aiding the sheriff's department with a situation involving a gunman.

"It is a sad situation," said Oakland County Undersheriff Mike McCabe. "Clearly he has an issue in his life, but that is not an excuse."

McCabe said Daves was given the choice to either resign or be terminated. He chose to resign Jan. 10.

Daves was initially reported by a number of witnesses who began following him after it became apparent to them he was not in control of his driving. The initial witness followed Daves from Oakwood Road into downtown Oxford where he reportedly nearly hit a number of vehicles and one jogger. More witnesses began following Daves who pulled into a subdivision and stopped for several minutes.

He began driving again and witnesses briefly lost sight of the vehicle. At this time an LOPD officer arrived and began speaking to witnesses. The vehicle reappeared and the officer attempted to pull him over. Daves stopped on Seymour Lake Rd., but then continued on after the officer exited his patrol car, the report stated. The pursuit continued until Daves' stopped in front of a residence on Coats Rd., the report stated.

After instructing him "several times" to drop his keys out of the car window and exit the vehicle, the LOPD officer was able to apprehend Daves, who was apologetic and cooperative once handcuffed. His speech was described in the report as "slurred."

The arresting officer noted Daves' breath had "a strong odor of intoxicants" and "his eyes were watery and sleepy looking."

"Mr. Daves acted too inebriated (stumbling, staggering and needing support) to be able to maintain any type of balance or follow any types of instructions related to normal field sobriety tests," the officer wrote in his report.

The report stated Daves admitted he was intoxicated. He was given three preliminary breath tests, the results of indicated blood-alcohol contents of .258, .29 and .28.

An empty bottle of Smirnoff Vodka wrapped in a brown paper bag was found inside Daves' vehicle.

Witnesses reported Daves was initially wearing a uniform with a badge before they lost sight of him in the subdivision.

However, when the LOPD officer stopped Daves, he was wearing street clothes. According to the report, the LOPD suspects he may have "stashed" his uniform and badge "in an undisclosed location" or deposited them in a trash can in the subdivision.

According to McCabe, that's "absolutely not true." The undersheriff said all of Daves' uniforms, his badge and his firearm are accounted for and in the possession of the sheriff's department.

Oxford Leader Editor C.J. Carnacchio contributed to this story.

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