The 86th District Court in Traverse City held a graduation ceremony this morning for its sobriety court. Outside the courthouse afterward, Judge Michael Haley welcomed a motorcycle rider from tribal drug court in Harbor Springs.
The man rode to Traverse City as part of a relay around the state to draw attention to the impact of drug courts. Advocates say, nationwide, 75 percent of graduates are never arrested again.
A motorcycle rider in recovery from Traverse City, Keith Merchant, took the flag and continues on with the relay to a drug court in Holland.