Mayor pleads guilty to impaired driving charge

Traverse City Mayor Michael Estes has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of driving while impaired.
AP Wire
Nov 5, 2013

Estes appeared in Grand Traverse Cistrict Court on Monday, less than two weeks after his arrest on a drunken driving count. He pleaded guilty to a lesser charge.

The 63-year-old mayor was pulled over Oct. 23 after a candidates' forum. Police spotted his pickup truck weaving across turn and bike lanes on a downtown street. A breath test recorded a blood-alcohol content of 0.12 percent, exceeding the 0.08 percent legal limit for driving.

Estes could get up to 93 days in jail. Judge Michael Stepka ordered an examination of the details of Estes' drinking.

Estes is seeking re-election today. He has asked for the public's forgiveness.


Say no to new taxes

Why was he allowed to plea bargin the charge down to "driving while impaired" when he blew 0.12?


Really, you don't know the answer to the question you asked? I’m sure you meant your question to be rhetorical but I’m going to respond to it anyway.

There are privileges that come with any organization that one might be a member of, or employed by. In this particular case it's the manipulation of the legal system to incur the least amount of punishment for a high ranking member of the community.

I'm not inferring that this is fair, just the facts ma'am, just the facts, (Dragnet).

Tri-cities realist

Actually anyone can plead it down, it saves the time and cost of a trial, quite common actually. I'll leave the judgement of whether it's right or wrong to you.


Cistrict court? Sounds painful . . . in more ways than one.


Ouch!! You should know about painful, I'm fairly certain a pants full of sand would cause severe chaffing.

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