Kelly Ann Woodard, 40, Boyne City, was sentenced this morning in the 33rd Circuit Court to serve 11 months in jail, eight months immediately, on a felony conviction of Operating a Motor Vehicle While Intoxicated, Third Offense. She was also placed on probation for 36 months.
Woodard was arrested on May 28, 2020 when she was driving with a blood alcohol level of .38, over five times the legal limit in Michigan.
She was previously convicted of three drunk driving offenses, twice in 2004 and also in 2016. Woodard was also arrested for drunk driving on October 3, 2019 when she was sitting at the wheel of her vehicle at the end of a driveway in Hayes Township with the engine running and a blood alcohol level of .22.
District Court Judge James N. Erhart dismissed that charge, ruling that Woodard was not “operating” the vehicle at the time. The Charlevoix County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office appealed that ruling and was awaiting argument on that case when Woodard was again arrested on the current charge.
In addition to the drunk driving arrests and convictions, Woodard was convicted of leaving the scene of an accident in 2013.
In a sentencing memorandum filed with the Court, Charlevoix County Prosecuting Attorney said that Woodard was a “ticking timebomb” and presented a “clear and present danger” to other drivers in Charlevoix County.
In sentencing Woodard, Judge Roy C. Hayes III noted that Woodard’s blood alcohol level in this case was high enough to kill a person. Hayes noted that in Woodard’s prior three drunk driving convictions, she had only served 27 days of upfront jail time.
Hayes told Woodard, “You’re not here today because you’re an alcoholic, you’re here because you’re putting the people of this community in harm’s way.”