Bond revoked for multiple offender charged in DUI death

2012-11-02T12:45:00Z 2014-03-20T19:25:07Z Bond revoked for multiple offender charged in DUI deathSusan Brown susan.brown@nwi.com (219) 662-5325 nwitimes.com
November 02, 2012 12:45 pm  • 

CROWN POINT | Lake Criminal Court Judge Clarence Murray on Friday revoked the bond of a multiple offender charged in a drunken driving case that claimed the life of a Lansing man late last year.

During the lengthy bond revocation hearing for 25-year-old Michael Temores, of Munster, Murray heard from a Munster officer who testified he saw Temores driving Sept. 16 on Calumet Avenue.

Temores is prohibited from driving as a condition of his bond. He was taken into custody immediately following Murray's ruling.

Murray also had heard from Temores' father, John Temores, who testified he was the driver of the Hummer observed by the police officer.

John Temores told the judge he owned the blue Hummer his son was reported driving. The senior Temores produced receipts showing where he had been before driving home the night of the incident and parking in the driveway.

Temores said he believed his son was home with his pregnant girlfriend at the time.

Michael Temores also testified he was not the driver of the Hummer observed by the officer and was at home.

Defense attorney Steven Mullins argued the case involved a misidentification on the part of the officer.

Murray last week declined to revoke Temores' bond in connection with a previous incident in which a Munster police officer testified he observed Temores inside a car parked in his driveway. In that incident, the vehicle involved was a black Cadillac Escalade.

In that case, Murray declined to revoke bond because the vehicle had been stationary in the driveway and not an issue threatening public safety.

In the latest of more than 100 drunken driving- and other traffic-related offenses, Temores faces charges in a crash that killed 61-year-old Fred Skafgaard, of Lansing, on Dec. 30, 2011.

Temores is charged with 19 criminal and traffic offenses, the most serious being a felony carrying a maximum 20-year sentence if convicted. No trial date has been set.

Temores was freed on a $10,000 bond four days after the fatal crash.

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