Artist accused of drunk driving in deadly crash

Posted at 7:13 PM, Feb 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-05 19:13:38-05

Artist Marcus Glenn, 48, is known around the world for his colorful paintings, but the Southfield man was arrested by Detroit police Thursday night after a deadly crash downtown.

Glenn, who was driving west on Jefferson, is suspected of being intoxicated when he crashed into a median at Griswold.

Glenn's wife, Yolanda, who was in the front passenger seat, sustained some injuries, but she was released from a local hospital and back at their Southfield home Friday.

A friend of the couple, Hatta Funches, 44, died in the crash.

Funches was in the backseat and she flew to the front of the 2015 Chevy Suburban, where we're told she hit the dashboard.

Funches was not wearing a seatbelt.

A source says Glenn refused to take a breath test for police. He was arrested and a warrant was issued to secure his blood for analysis.

Glenn has been released from custody pending a possible charge of Operating Under the Influence Causing Death.

According to state records, on July 4, 2008, in the city of Southfield, Glenn was cited for Operating Under the Influence of Liquor.