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Extra Weekend Patrols Meant to Find Intoxicated Drivers

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LANSING (WKZO) -- The Michigan office of Highway Safety Planning will have beefed up patrols staked out at prime locations for catching drunk drivers this weekend.  

It's part of the “Over the Limit, Under Arrest" campaign, which wraps up on Monday.   The goal is to reduce the death toll on the highways this weekend. 

Eleven people were killed in wrecks during last year's Christmas and New Year's holiday period.

The campaign has been stressing the high cost of a drunk driving conviction this holiday season, but a Grand Rapids man nearly paid the ultimate price for driving while drunk.

Police say he was so drunk he fell asleep in his parked car, his foot on the accelerator for so long that his engine burst into flames. That's when Officer Eric Hornbacher spotted the smoke on patrol and pulled him out.  It was all captured on his dashcam.

Minutes later the car was fully engulfed in flames.

Alan Edward Blake, 32, was charged with driving while intoxicated, second offense and will be charged under the state's new Superdrunk law as well.   

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