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Candidate for Oakland County judge makes plea deal in OUIL case

Posted: 6:07 PM, Oct 31, 2018
Updated: 2018-10-31 18:44:23-04

She’s running unopposed for the Oakland County Circuit Court. Julie McDonald is also running from the accountability questions from us, after being charged with Operating Under the Influence in Royal Oak in September.  

Today, McDonald walked into a plea deal in district court, guilty to littering and responsible without an explanation to careless driving.

Back on Sept. 8 at 10 a.m. she was stopped by Royal Oak police. McDonald had tossed out a cigarette and was driving 54 miles per hour in a 45 zone on Woodward Avenue. The arrest is recorded on video and audio. 

She stumbles through the road side sobriety tests and blew a .10 on the scene. Later in booking, she blew a .08 which is the legal limit.

Royal Oak City Attorney Dave Gillam says they did the plea deal because the BAC on the road is, “.10 on the preliminary breath test which is inadmissible in court.”

Defense Attorney Larry Sherman read a statement for his client, “She is truly sorry. As a candidate for public office she has an obligation to set a higher standard. She recognizes that responsibility. And is committed to achieving it.”

He also said his client wouldn’t comment because her case is still pending. McDonald is out on bond, can’t drink, has regular tests for alcohol and could continue those terms up to two years after she’s sentenced in December. 

She is unopposed on the ballot on Tuesday, Nov. 6 for a six-year term but has four write-in candidates who have entered the race.