Nearly seven hours after he was arrested on charges of drunkenly crashing a vehicle into an Auburn home and killing a man sleeping inside, Hunter D. Motko was still significantly above the legal limit of intoxication, according to police reports.
Those reports, included in court records, indicate that deputies at about 12:35 p.m. on Sunday, March 9, had 21-year-old Motko blow into a Breathalyzer inside the Bay County Sheriff’s Office. Those results indicated his blood alcohol level was at 0.138; a person is legally intoxicated in Michigan when their blood alcohol level is at 0.08.
Deputies’ reports show Motko was driving his mother’s maroon 2005 Chevrolet Tahoe south on Edwards Street about 5:40 a.m. on Sunday, March 9. He ran a stop sign, struck a curb or snow bank, was launched airborne and hit the ground before crashing into the northeast section of a brick house at 501 Ruth St., police have said. The SUV struck husband and wife Vaughn E. and Sandra A. Lietzke, sleeping in their master bedroom, court records show.
The impact threw the Lietzkes from their bed and pushed them against a wall closet, court records show.
According to deputies’ reports, the SUV took up nearly the entire bedroom, leaving little space to move around in with concrete rubble scattered about. Firefighters were initially unable to find Vaughn Lietzke due to the heavy amount of debris, reports show.
A tow truck removed the SUV and medical personnel pronounced Vaughn Lietzke, 41, dead at the scene. Sandra Lietzke was airlifted to St. Mary’s of Michigan Medical Center for treatment of her injuries.
Motko was still in the SUV when deputies arrived. He swore at them and refused to exit the vehicle, and recoiled when deputies attempted to pull him out, records show. They had to stun him with a Taser, which had little effect, and then pulled him out from the back of the vehicle, records show.
Throughout the process, Motko accused the deputies of police brutality and said he would testify. His speech was slurred and he smelled heavily of intoxicants, deputies wrote in their reports.
Deputies arrested Motko and transported him to the Bay County Jail. During the ride, Motko told the deputies he didn’t understand why they weren’t taking him home.
“I didn’t (expletive) kill anyone!” Motko insisted to the deputies, records show.
As the deputies and Motko drove over Veterans Memorial Bridge, Motko asked to be released so he could kill himself by jumping off the bridge, records show.
Deputies obtained a search warrant for a blood sample and took him to McLaren Bay Region hospital. Motko continued being unruly with deputies and hospital staff. At one point, Motko urinated on himself in a lobby and laughed, saying, “I’m going to get away with drunk driving,” court records show.
Deputies handcuffed Motko to a chair as a phlebotomist drew his blood at 8:22 a.m. He kicked a deputy twice in the shin during the process, court records show.
With the process over, deputies returned Motko to the Bay County Jail. They interviewed him at 11:46 a.m. after reading him his Miranda rights.
Motko said he wasn’t driving the SUV and didn’t believe deputies when they told him the charges he was facing.
“I was (expletive) up,” he said, according to court records. “I don’t know what happened.”
Motko told the interviewers he frequently blacks out.
“You know, when you drink, doesn’t everybody black out?” he asked the deputies, according to court records.
Motko told deputies he had been at the Auburn Hotel and Déjà Vu earlier Sunday, but did not state how many drinks he had or who was with him. At 12:35 p.m., deputies had Motko blow into the Breathalyzer.
Toward the end of questioning, Motko began crying and said, “I am going to prison for the rest of my life.”
Motko on Monday, March 10, appeared via closed-circuit television in the courtroom of Bay County Chief District Judge Timothy J. Kelly for arraignment on charges of operating while intoxicated causing death, a 15-year felony; operating while intoxicated causing serious injury, a five-year felony; and operating while intoxicated, second offense, a 90-day misdemeanor. Kelly set Motko’s bond at $500,000.
Motko is to appear for a preliminary examination before District Judge Mark E. Janer at 3 p.m. on Monday, March 24.
Bay County Prosecutor Kurt C. Asbury said on Tuesday, March 11, that Michigan State Police accident reconstructionists are still investigating the crash. He also said that Motko’s blood sample has been sent to the Michigan State Police Crime Lab in Lansing for evaluation, the results of which are sometime away.
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