Police give Utica man on moped his 14th DUI

By: Kara Szymanski | Shelby - Utica News | Published June 17, 2019

 Lucian Hebert

Lucian Hebert

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UTICA  — A Utica man was arraigned June 10 at the 41-A District Court after being pulled over by Utica police for allegedly driving a moped on Hall Road while intoxicated. Police said it was the man’s 14th arrest for operating while intoxicated.

Lucian Hebert, 54, of Utica, was stopped by Utica police at 9:26 a.m. June 8 while he was driving a moped on Hall Road and allegedly was found to be intoxicated. He also did not have a license, police said.

A moped is not allowed on Hall Road, as the speed limit is more than 35 mph, and mopeds are not allowed on roads with speed limits of 35 mph or more.

Hebert’s blood alcohol content in a breath test at the time of his arrest was 0.21%, according to police. Michigan considers a blood alcohol level of 0.08% to constitute drunken driving for adults.

Utica Police Chief Sean Coady said that Hebert’s blood alcohol content has been approximately 0.30% or higher in past incidents.

Hebert has had run-ins with the legal system dating back to the 1980s for the 13 other intoxicated driving arrests, third-degree home invasion in 2008, third-degree home invasion in 2012, an attempted breaking and entering of a building with intent in 2012, and other incidents, according to court records.

Coady said the reason Hebert wasn’t in jail is that he must have been in compliance with the punishment he had received for his 13th operating while intoxicated case.

“We hope he gets the help he needs,” said Coady. “He has been having some things going on, and it may not have been helping. By him being in custody, hopefully it will help him get better.”

Hebert pleaded not guilty during his arraignment. His bond was set at $50,000, and he was housed at the Macomb County Jail.

Hebert’s probable cause hearing is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. June 24, and his preliminary exam has been set for 1:30 p.m. July 1.

He requested a court-appointed attorney, but the attorney had not been appointed as of press time.

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