WATERFORD TWP. (WWJ) – An 18-year-old man is facing several charges after police say he crashed an SUV full of teens completely through a home while driving 50 miles per hour over the speed limit, sending everyone to the hospital — and he was allegedly intoxicated.
Jordan Watson, of Howell, was arraigned in 51st District Court on eight charges: four counts of operating while intoxicated causing serious injury (one count for each passenger) and four counts of operating while license suspended/revoked/denied causing serious injury. Both charges are five-year felonies.
The accident happened around 2:45 a.m. on Sunday, October 9 near Scott Lake Road and Elizabeth Lake Road in Waterford Township.
According to police, a 2010 Ford Edge driven by Watson was traveling south on Scott Lake Road in excess of 90 MPH in a 40 MPH zone. The vehicle crossed over Elizabeth Lake Road onto Edgefield Drive, where police say it left the roadway and drove into the attached garage of an unoccupied home at 3039 Edgefield. The vehicle continued out the side wall of the garage and crashed through the side of an adjacent home at 3027 Edgefield, where it came to rest, according to police. The residents of the second home were not injured.
There were four other occupants in the vehicle at the time of the accident: a 17-year-old female from Commerce Township, a 19-year-old male from Highland, a 13-year-old male from Pontiac and a 14-year-old male from Waterford. All five teenagers were taken to local hospitals with very serious injuries, according to police. Everyone except the 19-year-old has since been released.
Police say only Watson and the front seat passenger (the 17-year-old) were wearing seat belts.
Watson remains held in the Oakland County Jail on a $50,000 bond. His next court date is set for October 25.