NEGAUNEE- The man arrested after a two-vehicle personal injury accident that occurred Monday in Negaunee has pleaded guilty to one charge and now awaits sentencing.
Patrick Joseph Hill, 31, of Ishpeming was arraigned today in 96th District Court. His name had been withheld by The Mining Journal pending arraignment.
Hill was charged with operating while intoxicated, second offense, and possession of a firearm while intoxicated. Hill pleaded guilty to the OWI second offense, while the possession of a firearm while intoxicated charge was dismissed.
Hill's sentencing is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Nov. 28.
Hill was driving a 2003 Ford F-250 heading west on U.S. 41 Monday afternoon when he pulled into the left turn lane. He failed to yield to oncoming traffic causing a 2006 Buick four-door to hit him. The accident occurred at the intersection of U.S. 41 and Baldwin Avenue.
According to the Michigan State Police, officers were alerted to the suspect's erratic driving minutes earlier by a motorist who phoned in observations to the Marquette County Central Dispatch.
Hill had sustained a non-life-threatening head injury during the accident and was treated at the scene by Bell EMS before he was arrested and taken to Marquette County Jail. The other driver was not injured.
Adelle Whitefoot can be reached at 906-486-4401.