Livingston County Sheriff's Office Photograph Catherine L. Couture

LIVONIA – A Livonia woman is facing a felony impaired driving charge following an investigation into a motor vehicle crash on Richmond Mills Road, reports the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies and emergency personnel were called to the scene about 2:20 p.m. April 22 following the report of a vehicle leaving the roadway and striking an earth embankment.

There were no reported injuries as a result of the crash. A four-year-old child, who was a passenger in the vehicle, was transported by ambulance to Highland Hospital as a precaution, the Sheriff’s Office said.

The driver was identified as Catherine L. Couture, 31. Deputies suspected that Couture was under the influence of drugs, and Deputy Gage Harrison conducted a driving while ability impaired drug investigation, including the performance of standardized field sobriety tests. At the conclusion of the on-scene investigtaion, Couture was taken into custody for DWAI by drugs.

Couture was also found to allegedly be in possession of suspected marijuana and suboxone, a controlled substance that she did not have a prescription for, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Couture was transported to the Sheriff’s Office substation in Lakeville where Deputy Michael Phillips, a certified drug recognition expert, conducted an evaluation. It was the deputy’s opinion that Couture was under the influence of a CNS depressant and cannabis and that she could not operate a vehicle in a safe manner, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Couture was charged with felony aggravated driving while intoxicated under Leandra’s Law, driving while ability impaired by drugs, and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Couture was transported and turned over to Central Booking deputies at Livingston County Jail for processing and pre-arraignment detention. The offenses did qualify for arraignment under the state Justice Reform Act, though the justice can only apply licenses restrictions and can not set bail.

Couture was later arraigned at Livingston County Centralized Arraignment Part at Livingston County Jail before Town of Caledonia Justice Mark Riggi, who released Couture on her own recognizance.

Assisting with the investigation on scene were Deputy Morganne Harrington of the Patrol Division and Deputy Jerry Pilkenton of the Forensic Identification Unit, under the command of Sgt. Matthew Thomas.

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