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St. Joseph County Prosecutor Faces Drunken Driving Charges

LANSING – St. Joseph County Prosecuting Attorney John Lawrence McDonough has been charged with drunken driving and having open intoxicants in a motor vehicle, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel announced today. 

McDonough waived arraignment on the charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and having open intoxicants inside a motor vehicle. The charges follow a complaint and warrant brought by the Michigan Department of Attorney General.  

Operating under the influence is a 93-day misdemeanor charge, while the open intoxicant charge is a 90-day misdemeanor.  

The charges stem from a May 11, 2020 incident in Lockport Township. McDonough allegedly crossed the centerline, veered off the roadway and crashed into a fence. The St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department responded to the scene and conducted the investigation. 

A written waiver of arraignment was filed on June 17 with the 3B District Court. Kalamazoo County District Court Judge Vincent C. Westra has been appointed by the State Court Administrator to preside over the proceedings. McDonough’s pre-trial hearing has been scheduled for July 24. He is represented by attorney Michael Hills.   


Please note: A criminal charge is merely an allegation and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. The Attorney General’s Office does not provide photos of defendants but one may be available by contacting the booking agency.