Drivers from PM Hwy. crash arraigned; 1 faces felony for OWI 3rd offense.

May 3, 2016

south pm crashBy Rob Alway, Editor-in-Chief.

SUMMIT TOWNSHIP — The two men involved in a two vehicle crash on South Pere Marquette Highway Monday night were arraigned by the Mason County Magistrate Tuesday afternoon in 79th District Court. 

Andrew Lawrence Barrette, 53, 105 W. Melendy St., Ludington, has been charged with a felony of operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol (OWI) third offense, driving while operating license suspended (DWLS) second offense, habitual. Barrette was arrested by Michigan State Police.

Colton Clay Outcalt, 26, 2443 N. Brunson Road, Pere Marquette Township, has been charged with a first offense misdemeanor of OWI. He was arrested by Mason County Sheriff’s Office.

According to sheriff’s deputies on scene, the crash occurred when Outcalt, who was driving an Audi A4 northbound,  crossed the centerline and struck Barrette’s southbound Chevrolet pickup.  As a result, the truck struck two power poles causing electricity to go out through parts of Summit, Riverton and Pere Marquette townships.

Neither driver was injured but Barrette was initially trapped in his vehicle.

Consumers Energy linemen were on scene attempting to restore power. Also on scene were Riverton and Ludington fire departments and Life EMS.

Bail was set for Barrette at $10,000, 10%. He is scheduled to appear at a probable cause hearing in district court at 3 p.m. on May 11. Outcalt is scheduled for pretrial at 10 a.m. on May 23. His bail was set at $2,500, 10%.

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