Former ‘Survivor’ Contestant Arrested In Michigan

JONESVILLE (WWJ) – Former “Survivor” contestant Mike Skupin was arrested in Hillsdale County last weekend for multiple driving violations.

Police say Skupin, a 51-year-old White Lake Township resident, was pulled over for “driving erratically” following an appearance at The Dawn Theater in Hillsdale around 11:30 p.m. Saturday. That’s when officers discovered he was driving with a suspended license, had an improper license plate, and didn’t have proof of insurance.

Skupin was taken to Hillsdale County Jail and was given a $4,000 bond. He posted bail and was released.

Mlive.com reports Skupin has a long history of traffic violations and license suspensions. Secretary of State records show Skupin’s license has been suspended about 20 times since 1999.

Skupin first appeared on the hit reality-TV show “Survivor: The Australian Outback” in 2001. At the time, he was known as the first contestant to be medically evacuated after falling into a fire. Last year, Skupin returned to play the 25th season of “Survivor” in the Philippines and tied for second place.

Skupin is described on his website as a motivational speaker who is also the father of seven children.

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