Police: Driver in fatal crash had 'very high' level of alcohol in bloodstream

By: Brian Louwers | Warren Weekly | Published May 4, 2021

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WARREN — Police said a preliminary test showed the driver responsible for a fatal crash at Groesbeck Highway and 11 Mile Road on April 25 had a “very high” level of alcohol in his bloodstream.

The man, identified by police as Joseph Anthony Dicicco, 39, of Warren, was arraigned in the 37th District Court on April 27 on a one-count warrant for operating while intoxicated causing death, a 15-year felony. 

“We had a 39-year-old (suspect) driving a Mercedes at a high rate of speed,” Warren Police Lt. David Kriss said. 

He said the Mercedes driven by Dicicco collided with a vehicle driven by a 25-year-old man. The other driver was later declared dead at Ascension St. John Hospital in Detroit. 

Dicicco was reportedly injured, as well, but initially refused medical treatment. He was later transported to the hospital and released into police custody, Kriss said. 

Judge Suzanne Faunce set bail for Dicicco at $500,000 cash or surety. He requested a court-appointed attorney at his arraignment.

He remained in custody ahead of his next court date, a probable cause conference scheduled for 8:45 a.m. on May 11 before Judge Michael Chupa, according to court records. 

Kriss declined to disclose the results of the initial blood test, but said a sample was taken at the hospital and sent to a Michigan State Police lab for analysis ahead of a show-cause hearing in district court.  

Jail records indicate Dicicco was also being held on an unrelated charge out of the 39th District Court in Roseville.

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