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Man found guilty of breaking into his girlfriend’s house

LAGRANGE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — A man has been convicted of unlawfully entering his girlfriend’s house and driving while intoxicated, the county attorney said.

Jeffery Strauss, 48, of Niles, was convicted of unlawfully entering a home and driving while intoxicated after an incident on February 9.

According to Cass County District Attorney Victor Fitz, Strauss’ girlfriend had told Strauss not to come to her home in Milton Township where she was with her daughter. When he insisted on coming anyway, she and her daughter locked the doors and turned off the lights. Strauss arrived and “aggressively and repeatedly banged on doors and windows trying to get inside,” the prosecutor said in a statement.

Strauss eventually found an unlocked garage door and entered the house where he banged on the doors behind which his girlfriend and daughter were locked, the prosecutor said. The girlfriend called the police.

Michigan State Police troopers responded to the scene where they found Strauss. He admitted to drinking three beers and then driving home. Strauss was taken to hospital where his blood was drawn and tested. Forensic tests revealed his blood alcohol level was 0.173, the prosecutor said. The legal threshold is 0.08.

Strauss had previously been convicted of drunk driving in 2003 and 2005, according to the prosecutor.

He is due to be sentenced on June 3. He faces up to 5 years in prison and a fine of $5,000.00.

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