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“This will be the most famous arrest you’ve ever made” Michigan politician pleads with officers during DUI arrest


Nathan Clark
MLive.com, Walker, Mich.

Police dashcam footage of state Rep. Rebekah Warren’s Dec. 26, 2019 drunken driving arrest shows the lawmaker crashing into a barrier on I-75 and failing field sobriety tests during a traffic stop in Auburn Hills the day after Christmas.

Warren, D-Ann Arbor, was arraigned Thursday, Jan. 30, on one misdemeanor count of operating while intoxicated with blood alcohol content greater than 0.17 percent, according to Oakland County District Court records.

Police dashcam video recordings obtained by MLive/The Ann Arbor News through a Freedom of Information Act request shows Warren’s SUV crash into a barrier at 11:25 p.m., Dec. 26 on northbound I-75 in Auburn Hills. She continued driving after the impact.

An Auburn Hills police officer turned on his emergency light seconds after she hit the barrier and followed her for about two minutes before she stopped.

Warren later told the officer she did not recall hitting the barrier.

She admitted to having a few drinks during an event at the Renaissance Center in Detroit and said she was driving back to Ann Arbor. The officer noted that Auburn Hills is far north of Detroit and not on the way to Ann Arbor.

“On a scale from 1 to 10, with 10 being the drunkest you have ever been, and zero being sober, what would you say you’re at,” the officer said.

Warren responded with “three.”

Her blood alcohol content was measured at was 0.212 percent, almost three times the legal limit, according to blood analysis by Michigan State Police.

She said she had her last drink a few minutes ago, which the officer noted was strange, as he pulled her over a few minutes prior, and she was a long way from Detroit, where she said she had two or three glasses of red wine.

She appeared cooperative and friendly with police during the traffic stop, though at times she seemed to have trouble staying on her feet.

She eventually took off a pair of high-heel boots, but continued to struggle performing the field sobriety tests.

After failing the tests, she refused to take a preliminary breathalyzer test after asking the officers multiple times what was going to happen to her, and was arrested.

Warren did not return a phone call seeking comment Friday.

She is free on a $500 personal recognizance bond. Her next court hearing is scheduled for Feb. 19.

Warren was elected in 2018 to serve a third and final term in the House after serving two terms in the state Senate. Warren represents the 55th District, one of four state House districts in Washtenaw County. It includes parts of Ann Arbor and Milan, as well as Augusta, Pittsfield, Ann Arbor and York townships.


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