Man sentenced to prison for fatal drunk driving crash, attempted carjacking in Warren

Demetrius Benson (Macomb County Jail)

A man is headed to prison for causing a fatal crash and then trying to carjack another person in Warren a year ago.

Authorities say Demetrius Benson was drunk when he ran a red light on 8 Mile and Groesbeck, hitting and killing another driver on Jan. 21, 2023. After the crash, Benson tried to carjack a handyman who was driving a rented Home Depot van. 

Benson pleaded to operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated causing death, driving while license suspended causing death, attempted carjacking, possession of a controlled substance, and operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated 3rd offense (five year felony). He pleaded as a habitual third offender, doubling all the penalties for each offense.


Handyman nearly carjacked by alleged drunk driver, hits suspect with van to escape

"He did say 'Gimme the car, get out of your car, I told you to get out of your car, stop,'" Anweia said. "And then he started screaming, stop, stop. And I thought he let go, but obviously, he didn’t let go, he was under my tires."

He was sentenced to:

Count 1: Operating While Intoxicated Causing Death:  8-30 years
Count 2: Operating While License Suspended Causing Death:  8-30 years
Count 3: Attempted Carjacking:  5-10 years
Count 4: Possession of a Controlled Substance: <25 grams :  4-8 years
Count 5: Operating While Intoxicated 3rd Offense:  5-10 years

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