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Traverse City Mayor Charged With Drunken Driving

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Michael Estes (credit: mayorestes.com)

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TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) – Traverse City Mayor Michael Estes has been charged with drunken driving.

City police say the 63-year-old mayor was pulled over Wednesday night after an officer saw a vehicle cross the center line and then move into a designated bicycle lane.

An officer reported a breath test produced a blood alcohol level of 0.12 percent, exceeding the state’s threshold of 0.08 percent. Estes was held in the county jail. The Traverse City Record-Eagle reports he was released after posting a $100 interim bond.

Chief assistant prosecutor Noell Moeggenberg says he’s scheduled for arraignment Thursday.

Phone calls by The Associated Press to Estes’ home were not answered.

Estes is seeking a second two-year term in the Nov. 5 election. The Record-Eagle reports he attended a candidate forum shortly before his arrest.

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