Traverse City mayor charged with drunken driving

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. Traverse City Mayor Michael Estes has been charged with drunken driving.

City police say the 63-year-old mayor was pulled over Wednesday night after an officer saw a vehicle cross the center line and then move into a designated bicycle lane.

An officer reported a breath test produced a blood alcohol level of 0.12 percent, exceeding the state's threshold of 0.08 percent. Estes was held in the county jail. The Traverse City Record-Eagle reports he was released after posting a $100 interim bond.

Chief assistant prosecutor Noell Moeggenberg says he was scheduled for arraignment Thursday.

Estes is seeking a second two-year term in the Nov. 5 election. He told the Record-Eagle he "really screwed up" and hasn't decided whether to remain in office or continue his re-election bid.


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