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Suspect charged after driving SUV through home, killing man

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AUBURN, MI (WNEM/AP) -

The man who drove his SUV through a Bay County home, killing a man and seriously injuring his wife has been charged.

Authorities have charged that man with drunk-driving causing death.

Bay County sheriff's deputies say the SUV was heading south on Edwards Street in Auburn when it ran a stop sign and drove into the bedroom of the victims.

Police say 41-year-old Vaughn Lietzke was killed and his 42-year-old wife Sandra Lietzke was air-lifted to Saint Mary's Medical Center in Saginaw. 

According to sheriff's deputies, 21-year-old Hunter Motko failed to stop at a stop sign, and his vehicle ran over a curb, became airborne and struck a corner of the house. After the crash, he resisted deputies and was shocked with a stun gun, said sheriff's Lt. James Chlebowski.

Motko was arraigned Monday on charges of drunken driving causing death and serious injury. District Judge Timothy J. Kelly set bail at $500,000.

Motko is facing several charges including:

  • Operating a vehicle while intoxicated, causing death  
  • Operating a vehicle while intoxicated causing serious injury   
  • Operating a vehicle while intoxicated on a highway.

This is not the first time Motko has stood before judge for impaired driving.

He was convicted in 2011 for driving while intoxicated in Battle Creek.

Sheriff's Lt. James Chlebowski says Motko was examined at the scene, the taken to the jail.

Bond was set at $500 thousand. Motko must undergo daily testing for alcohol if he gets out on bond.

No date has been set for his preliminary hearing. He faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted.

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