LAPEER — A Marlette couple died last August when a GMC Envoy slammed into the Harley-Davidson motorcycle they were riding. On Jan. 13 the man Lapeer County Sheriff’s Dept. deputies say was driving the SUV was charged with four counts of operating while intoxicated causing death and two counts of reckless driving causing death.
Michael Burns, 45, of Davison (formerly of North Branch) was released on a $50,000 personal recognizance bond after being arraigned on the charges in 71A District Court. Conviction on any one of the counts carries a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.
Sheriff’s deputies say witnesses reported the 2005 GMC Envoy Burns was found in had been driving erratically before it crossed the center-line of northbound North Lapeer Road in Mayfield Township, striking a southbound 2012 Harley-Davidson head-on.
The motorcycle riders, Brian Stamp, 53, and Rhonda McHaffy, 51, both from Marlette, were thrown from the machine. They were both pronounced dead at the scene.
The couple, who were boyfriend and girlfriend, were both wearing helmets.
Burns was taken to McLaren Lapeer Region with non-life threatening injuries.