Judge declines to revoke bond of Munster man charged in DUI death

2012-10-24T13:51:00Z 2014-03-20T19:25:07Z Judge declines to revoke bond of Munster man charged in DUI deathSusan Brown susan.brown@nwi.com (219) 662-5325 nwitimes.com
October 24, 2012 1:51 pm  • 

CROWN POINT | A criminal court judge Wednesday ruled against prosecutors seeking to revoke the bond of a Munster man charged with numerous drunken driving offenses in connection with a DUI death.

Lake Criminal Court Judge Clarence Murray ruled 25-year-old Michael Temores did not violate an order restricting his driving issued earlier this year in the wake of a Dec. 30, 2011, traffic crash that killed 61-year-old Fred Skafgaard, of Lansing.

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 cash bond four days after the fatal crash.

The current charges against Temores are the latest in more than 100 drunken driving and other traffic-related offenses since his teens.

Filed by Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Sabrina Haney, the state's petition involves two separate incidents where authorities believe Temores violated the judge's order.

Murray on Wednesday declined to revoke bond on an incident that occurred Aug. 31 during which a Munster police officer saw Temores backing up a black Cadillac Escalade in his driveway, then pulling forward 5 feet and coming to a stop. He then left the car and walked into his home, according to testimony by Munster Patrolman Nolan Archer.

Murray ruled the incident did not violate his order because Temores moved his car in a driveway, not on a road endangering the public.

Court records show the state sought a revocation hearing soon after learning of the incident, amending the petition Tuesday to include a second incident that took place Sept. 16.

A police report states a Munster police officer saw Temores driving a blue Hummer southbound on Calumet Avenue before pulling into the driveway of his nearby residence. Temores, who was known to the officer from other encounters, got out of the driver's side of the vehicle to open the door for a female passenger, the report states.

Murray set a second revocation hearing for Nov. 2 in response to defense attorney Steve Mullins having short notice of the amended petition.

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