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Jamie Dubay, 39, of Sterling Heights was arraigned today on a charge of operating with a high blood alcohol content, a misdemeanor that carries higher penalties, even for first-time offenders. He was given a $5,000 personal bond during arraignment in 41A District Court in Sterling Heights. His next court date has not been scheduled, the sheriff’s office said.

Dubay, a patrol officer, is on paid administrative leave pending an internal investigation to determine departmental policy violations and discipline — an investigation that is separate from the criminal investigation, Sterling Heights Police Lt. Dave Smith said.

The accident occurred near Clinton River Road and Tonabee in Sterling Heights on April 22, the sheriff’s office said. Sterling Heights police initially investigated the accident, but the matter was turned over to the sheriff’s office for follow-up investigation.

Dubay was driving his personal vehicle, a 2012 Dodge Ram pickup truck. He was hospitalized from injuries in the crash, the sheriff’s office said.

It said results of a blood test showed Dubay was intoxicated at the time of the crash. His blood alcohol level was 0.27%. The legal limit for an adult driver in Michigan is 0.08%. The county prosecutor’s office reviewed the matter and issued a warrant with the charge.

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