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TOWN OF WATERFORD — A Tichigan man is facing charges after he was caught, earlier this year, allegedly driving drunk for the fourth time.

Matthew A. Seward, 31, of the 7300 block of Big Bend Road, is charged with felony counts of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated and operating with a prohibited alcohol concentration, both fourth-time offenses, and misdemeanor bail jumping.

According to criminal complaint:

At 1:07 a.m. Jan. 21, a Waterford police officer made contact with Seward after noticing his vehicle had only one functional headlight. The officer attempted to stop the vehicle, but Seward reportedly had difficulty properly stopping.

The officer reportedly smelled the odor of intoxicants coming from Seward. Seward was reportedly slow to react to the officer’s questions and had glazed, glossy eyes. The officer conducted a field sobriety test on Seward, who reportedly exhibited clues of impairment during each test.

Seward allegedly refused to submit to a blood draw; however, a lab tech at a local hospital obtained a sample after receiving a search warrant at 3:07 a.m. that day. The blood-alcohol test results showed that Seward’s blood alcohol was 0.17 at the time his blood was drawn.

Due to a previous 2016 operating while intoxicated case, a bond condition stated that Seward could not consume or possess alcohol or commit new crimes, netting him the bail jumping charge.

Seward remained in custody at the County Jail as of Wednesday afternoon, online records showed. He has a preliminary hearing scheduled for March 15 in Racine County Circuit Court.


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