Supreme Court travels to Petoskey to hear driveway drunk driving case

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PETOSKEY, Mich. (AP) — Does a home driveway qualify for drunken driving?The Michigan Supreme Court is on the road Tuesday to hear arguments in the case of an Oakland County man who was arrested after operating his Cadillac in his driveway.

Gino Rea drove the car out of his Northville garage and then back into it. Police were at his home in 2014 because of complaints about loud music.

Two courts have dismissed a drunken driving charge. The appeals court said Rea was in the upper portion of his driveway, an area that’s generally not accessible to the public.

The Supreme Court is appearing at Petoskey High School. The court occasionally hears cases around the state to expose students and the general public to the legal process.

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  • steve

    To me, it’s very simple. The man’s on private property that he owns. None of his driveway is public property, and as a result isn’t a threat to public safety. It’s no different than if he was sitting in the kitchen in his house, drunk as can be. That wouldn’t be against the law because it’s private property., and his driveway is no different. Case closed.