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State Rep. Rebekah Warren charged for being "super drunk" while driving

Ann Arbor State Representative Rebekah Warren
Oakland County Sheriff's Dept.

State Rep. Rebekah Warren (D-Ann Arbor) is scheduled for a court hearing later this month on drunk driving charges. She was arraigned Thursday in the 52nd District Court.

Warren was pulled over by Auburn Hills Police late on December 26th, after they observed her vehicle swerving and then grazing a guard rail.

A blood test indicated Warren was driving with a 0.212 blood alcohol level, which is more than twice the legal limit of 0.08, and above the state's "super drunk" statute, which raises the penalty for driving with a BAC of 0.17 or higher.

The following day, Warren apologized for what she called a "stupid mistake."

Gongwer News Service obtained the police report detailing Warren's arrest:

Warren was slow to stop when the officer turned their emergency lights on to pull Warren over. She also told the officer she had two or three glasses of wine at a Detroit event, saying she had her last drink "just a minute ago" despite being far north of Detroit when being pulled over. During sobriety tests, Warren was told to follow the officer's finger with only her eyes and not to move her head. The officer reported repeatedly having to tell Ms. Warren not to move her had. She also had trouble keeping her balance when told to walk heel-to-toe as part of the sobriety test. Finally, Warren had trouble with the alphabet and the counting sobriety exercises the officer asked her to complete.

Warren faces a maximum jail sentence of six months as well as a 45-day driver's license suspension. She’s currently free on a $500 bond, and her next court date is February 19.

Her office has not returned a request for comment.

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Lester Graham reports for The Environment Report. He has reported on public policy, politics, and issues regarding race and gender inequity. He was previously with The Environment Report at Michigan Public from 1998-2010.