State Rep. arrested for alleged DUI in Auburn Hills was nearly 3 times the legal limit

Posted at 11:40 AM, Jan 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-31 18:17:39-05

(WXYZ) — A Michigan State Representative who was arrested for driving drunk in Auburn Hills told police she was driving from Detroit to Ann Arbor, according to a police report released on Friday.

Rep. Rebekah Warren, who represents Ann Arbor, was pulled over on Dec. 26 on northbound I-75 south of Joslyn Rd.

According to the police report, multiple cars were following Warren's vehicle with their hazards on, and the officer pulled up and saw the black Jeep they were following.

Police then say the Jeep swerved into the right lane in front of another vehicle and collided with the right wall of northbound I-75. The officer activated emergency lights and said Warren was slow to stop, and as she tried to pull over, she swerved into the right lane varying speeds between 55 and 70 mph.

According to the report, Warren told the officer she was coming from an event at the Renaissance Center in downtown Detroit and was heading back home to Ann Arbor. She told police she only had 2-3 glasses of wine at the Renaissance Center "just a minute ago," according to the report.

"Rebekah stated she understood that the Renaissance Center was in Detroit and she was far north of Detroit in Auburn Hills, but insisted she just had drank her last glass of wine a minute ago," the report stated.

The report said that she failed a field sobriety test and wouldn't do a breathalyzer test, so she was taken to McLaren Hospital in Pontiac for a blood test. The results of which came back in early January and found her blood alcohol level to be .21, nearly three times the legal limit.

"You understand there's going to be a moment where we're both going to be on TV," Warren said to the officer in the back seat, according to the in-car camera. "It's going to be, a senator from Ann Arbor's career is over.

"I'm elected. I'm a senator," she added. "This is going to be the most famous arrest you've ever made."