Police say 'super drunk' driver had 30 license suspensions before passing school bus, hitting teen

WESTLAND, Mich. (WXYZ) - 7 Action News has learned that the Detroit man accused of hitting a Westland teen with a van just after the 17-year-old had gotten off the school bus on Monday has a lengthy criminal record.

Thirty-three-year-old Daniel Florance has been charged with a long list of offenses, including operating while impaired causing serious injury and reckless driving causing serious impairment in connection with the incident.

Witnesses say the teen was hit by a van that was trying to go around the bus. It hit the teen and then slammed into a tree. Police have identified Florance as the driver.

Officers say Florance had a blood alcohol level of .326 when he was taken into custody. That's almost twice the .17 someone needs to be considered "super drunk" under Michigan law.

Officers also say they found an empty bottle of whisky in the van and opiates were detected in his system.

Thankfully, the teen survived, but we're told bones in a wrist and forearm were broken. He also suffered a fractured pelvis.

According to records, Daniel Florance has 5 prior convictions for operating while impaired and eight convictions for driving while his license was suspended.

However, police say, Florance's driver's license has actually been suspended 30 times.

Florance also has two felony narcotics convictions. Police say his troubles with the law date back to his childhood, during which he was charged as a minor in possession 10 times.

Florance was arraigned on the new charges Wednesday in his hospital bed. Bond was set at $1 million.

The van Florance was driving is registered to his mother. Someone at her home in Garden City told Action News that his mother had taken the van away from him, but suspect he "hot-wired" the vehicle and took it back.

A source tells Action News that there is, at least, one other case pending against Florance. We expect to have details on that matter by the end of the week.

Print this article Back to Top