The woman who law enforcement said was driving under the influence with a blood-alcohol content of 0.708 percent claims she had no recollection of the incident.


On January 19, 45-year-old Sturgis, Michigan resident Marguerite Engle pleaded guilty to two offenses of DUI in Sturgis’ 4th Circuit Magistrate Court before Judge Michelle Percy.


Engle is set to be sentenced on February 23. Percy ordered a pre-sentence investigation in which Engle will likely undergo an evaluation and behavioral history will be compiled.


On December 1, Engle was discovered in a vehicle along Interstate 90. Police reported her blood-alcohol content to be 0.708 percent, a life-threatening amount that is nearly nine times the legal limit of 0.08 and is possibly a Michigan state record. On December 28, she was arrested for failure to appear in court for her December 1 DUI. Police reported her BAC to be 0.281 percent in that instance, more than three times the legal limit. She was charged with DUI and possession of marijuana.


Engle pleaded guilty to both of the DUI charges and the Meade County state’s attorney’s office agreed to drop all of the other charges.


Engle faces a penalty of up to one year in prison and less than $500 in fines and costs for each charge.

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