Jury finds lawmaker guilty in drunken driving case

A state lawmaker from Saugatuck faces up to 93 days in jail, fines and community service after he was convicted Tuesday of operating a vehicle while intoxicated.
AP Wire
Sep 26, 2012

 

The East Lansing District Court jury decided the case of Republican state Rep. Bob Genetski, 45, who was ticketed Jan. 19 by a Michigan State University police officer. His blood-alcohol level was 0.08 percent an hour and a half after his arrest.

Genetski said a few days later that he was heading to a motel after leaving the state Capitol area when the officer stopped him for "driving slightly above the speed limit."

Genetski is in his second House term and will be sentenced in 30 to 45 days for the misdemeanor, The Holland Sentinel reported.

"We're going to live with the outcome," defense attorney Mike Nichols told reporters after the verdict.

Ingham County Prosecutor Stuart Dunnings III said the prosecution's goal was a fair trial. He said the verdict's message is "don't drink and drive in Ingham County."

Genetski was ordered to start substance abuse screening testing. He is allowed to drive on a restricted license.

 

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