A Democrat state representative in Michigan was stopped by police and arrested on suspicion of drunk driving on Thursday night and could now face some serious repercussions for her actions, The Daily Caller reported.
Rep. Rebekah Warren (D-Ann Arbor) was reportedly returning home from an event in Detroit when Auburn Hills police, acting on multiple reports of an erratic driver, began to follow Warren and observed her alleged drunken driving for themselves, which included bouncing her vehicle off a guard rail and nearly hitting other motorists.
The Detroit News reported that 48-year-old Warren has accepted “full responsibility” for her “stupid mistake” and vowed to ensure that “this never happens again.”
According to police records and statements from Auburn Hills Police Lt. Ryan Gagnon, Warren was stopped on suspicion of drunk driving shortly after 11 p.m. on Thursday night. She admitted to the officer who stopped her that she had been drinking at an event in Detroit and was merely attempting to return to her home in Ann Arbor.
Multiple charges possible
“We had received several calls about a motorist weaving in and out of lanes along 75 and one of our cars caught up with the suspect vehicle — a 2013 Jeep Cherokee — on northbound I-75 near Baldwin Road,” Gagnon said of the incident. “The officer saw the vehicle cross several lanes of traffic, nearly cutting off one motorist, and striking a guardrail and continuing north.”
Warren was eventually pulled over after an officer had followed her for roughly three-quarters of a mile. “She failed field sobriety tests and refused to take a PBT (preliminary breath test),” Gagnon explained. “She was taken into custody and later also refused to have her blood drawn so a search warrant was obtained.”
The results of that blood test will have to be processed by the Michigan State Police and then reviewed by a city prosecutor. Warren could be charged with the misdemeanor offense of drunk driving, and she could also face a civil infraction for refusing to submit to a blood draw, a charge that automatically results in a suspension of driving privileges.
The now-embattled politician spent the night in the Oakland County Jail and was released on Friday.
Warren issues statement
In a statement released later on Friday evening, Warren said, “Last night, I was stopped in Auburn Hills following a gathering in Detroit. I made a stupid mistake; I drank alcohol and got into my vehicle to drive. I apologize to those impacted by my actions. Most importantly, I am extremely grateful that I did not hurt anyone.”
She expressed her “appreciation” for the “professionalism and dignity” with which the Auburn Hills police had handled the situation, and added, “I take full responsibility for my actions, will cooperate fully in the ongoing investigation and will do everything I can to guarantee that this never happens again.”
Christine Greig, Minority Leader in the Michigan House of Representatives, said in a statement on behalf of her Democratic caucus, “We are aware of the media reports regarding Representative Warren’s arrest on the suspicion of driving while intoxicated and have not spoken with her. We take any such allegations very seriously and are working to obtain additional information at this time.”
Warren has served in the Michigan legislature since 2007, first as a House member until 2010, then in the state Senate until 2018, when she returned to the House for the current term. Whether her party — or her constituents — choose to hold her accountable for her actions above and beyond the legal ramifications, remains to be seen.