Eight-Time Drunk Driver Sent to Prison

Mark David Woloch, 46, Boyne City, was sentenced to serve 26 to 60 months in prison on a charge of operating while intoxicated, third offense today in the 33rd Circuit Court. Woloch had pleaded guilty on April 8

The drunk driving conviction was actually Woloch’s eighth but under Michigan law, third offenses or greater are treated as the same charge. Woloch was previously convicted of three felonies and 15 misdemeanors, in Michigan, Ohio and Florida.

On October 10, 2021, Woloch was driving erratically in the city of Boyne City when he was stopped by police. He refused a preliminary breath test at the side of the road as well as a test at the jail after his arrest. A search warrant was obtained for Woloch’s blood which was drawn and tested and revealed a blood-alcohol level of .243% two hours after the traffic stop.

Secretary of State records show that Woloch had been in three alcohol-related crashes previously, one of which resulted in an injury.

“This defendant is a ticking time bomb,” Charlevoix County Prosecuting Attorney Allen Telgenhof said at sentencing. “He not only apparently can’t stop drinking, he refuses to stop driving despite having no valid driver’s license.”

Telgenhof pointed out that it appeared that despite having his license suspended or revoked since 2007, he was caught driving in 2007, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2017, 2019, 2020 and 2022.

“I want to commend officer Brandon Huff of the Boyne City Police Department who not only did an excellent job in detecting and detaining this drunk driver, but who also put up with a barrage of insults, taunts and defiance from this defendant,” Telgenhof stated. “Body camera footage clearly showed the abuse that he went through for nearly an hour and Officer Huff never once reacted in an unprofessional manner. Officers do not sign up for this type of treatment.”

About Allen Telgenhof

Allen Telgenhof is the Charlevoix County Prosecuting Attorney; he has been an attorney since 1989 and a high school baseball coach since 2005. Graduated from Clio High School, Michigan State University and Thomas M. Cooley Law School. Proud father of Ty, Ally, Will and Lou and husband to Erin.
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