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Van Buren Co. man with six previous drunk driving arrests faces a judge after his seventh

Van Buren Co. man with six previous drunk driving arrests faces a judge after his seventh

(NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A Van Buren County man faced a judge Monday after being arrested Sunday night on suspicion of drunk driving.

It turns out 43-year-old Matthew Axe, of Gobles had six previous drunk driving arrests.

The Sheriff's deputy who pulled Axe over says he swerved and nearly hit him on the road before he was pulled over.

Because of his prior drunk driving convictions, Axe is facing a possible life sentence.

At his arraignment Monday afternoon, we learned Axe is facing one count of operating under the influence.

Around 7:30 Sunday night on M-43 near Glendale, deputies were called by a a driver who noticed a drunk driver.

The responding deputy says Axe was swerving all over the road before he was pulled over. Deputies say Axe admitted to drinking too much, and failed a sobriety test.

Axe has three previous felony drunk driving convictions.

According to the Secretary of State's office, Axe's license had been suspended since 2008.

"A lot of people just let people use their vehicles to without asking if they have drivers licenses or might be intoxicated, and this is one of those situations where he was able to obtain a vehicle from someone else," said Sergeant Casey Davis, with the Van Buren County Sheriff's Department.

Because of his previous drunk driving convictions, the presiding judge determined Axe would be a flight risk.

Axe is being held here at the county jail, until his next court appearance.

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