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Drunk Driving Arraignment Waived For Lawmaker

EAST LANSING (WWJ/AP) – An attorney for state Representative Bob Genetski has waived the lawmaker’s arraignment on a drunken driving charge.

Ingham County Chief Assistant Prosecutor Lisa McCormick said a court date hasn’t been set for Genetski, a Republican from Saugatuck in southwestern Michigan.

He was ticketed Jan. 19 in East Lansing. McCormick said Genetski refused to take a Breathalyzer test at the scene and was arrested. A blood alcohol test later was taken, although the results were not released. Michigan’s legal limit is 0.08 percent.

Genetski was also given a warning about excessive speed and driving on an expired license plate.

Genetski has said he refused the Breathalyzer test because he believes he passed a field sobriety test. He calls the experience “humbling.”

Defense attorney Mike Nichols said Genetski “still believes he was safe and sober.”

A statement released Monday said Genetski was on his way to a motel after leaving the Capitol area late Wednesday night when he was pulled over by a Michigan State University Police officer. The statement says Genetski “blew a .066 on a Breathalyzer test at 4 a.m., was released from the Ingham County Jail at 8 a.m. Thursday.”

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  1. pat says:

    Genetski pretends to be sober. He pretends to be straight. He legislates against the interests of his many gay constituents, as he pretends to be serious. He will pretend anything to get the approval of his parents, and the pretend family he shows the world. Stop the pretending and be happy.

  2. Jennifer says:

    Paul Bebeau is a tea party favorite who preached conservative family values and anti-immigration and was vocal in his support of fellow republicans who sought to codify discrimination against gays in the military and civilian life.

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