Regional judges to take new approach with drunk drivers


Jan Tucker/Daily Globe

About 20 court employees from Gogebic, Ontonagon, Keweenaw, Baraga and Houghton counties attended a session on developing a new regional Driving While Drunk court this week. From left, are, seated, Judge Mark Wisti of Baraga, Houghton and Keweenaw counties; Judge Anders Tingstad, of Gogebic and Ontonagon counties, and Judge Janis Burgess, of Ontonagon County; and, standing, retired Judge Patrick Bowler, a state judicial outreach liaison, and Dr. Jessica Parks, of the State Administrative Office.

ONTONAGON — A program to dramatically reduce drunk driving in the five western Upper Peninsula counties was kicked off at the Ontonagon County Courthouse Wednesday and Thursday.

Ontonagon, Houghton, Baraga, Gogebic and Keweenaw counties will form a regional driving while intoxicated court approach.

Retired Judge Patrick Bowler, after 24 years on the bench, is the state judicial outreach liaison for the program. He conducted the training session for judges and officials of the five counties in Ontonagon.

The DWI court will be the first of its kind, not only in Michigan, but in the United S...

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