Ottawa County deputy arrested after alleged ‘super drunk’ driving

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MUSKEGON, Mich. -- FOX 17 is learning more about an alleged drunk driving incident involving an off-duty Ottawa County deputy.

A source close to the investigation said Dennis Robert Smith had a blood alcohol content of .22. That's nearly three times the legal limit and fits Michigan’s new “super drunk” criteria, which can carry harsher penalties.

Smith, 42, lives in Muskegon, according to court records. He's an Ottawa County deputy who works in the jail there. Muskegon County Prosecutor DJ Hilson said Smith was driving near 9th and Muskegon Street on Friday. Police saw how he was driving and pulled him over.

Court records show Smith faces one count of "operating with blood alcohol content of .17 or more."

If found guilty, he could get up to 6 months in jail along with a $700 fine and many other penalties.

In a statement, the Ottawa County Sheriff's Department said they've begun an internal review. Court documents show that Smith bonded out of jail. His arraignment is scheduled for May 13.

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