State Rep. Rebekah Warren Gets Plea Deal In I-75 Drunken Driving Case

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February 18, 2020 - 11:07 am
Rebekah Warren

Rebekah Warren (photo: Oakland County Sheriff)

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 (WWJ) A state lawmaker has accepted a plea deal in a drunken driving case in Oakland County.

Records show Rep. Rebekah Warren, D-Ann Arbor, pleaded guilty in 52-3 District Court in Rochester Hills Tuesday morning to a reduced charge of misdemeanor operating while intoxicated (OWI) — avoiding increased penalties should could have faced under Michigan's "Super Drunk" law. 

Michigan State Police said Warren's blood alcohol content was 0.212%, almost three times the legal limit, when she crashed into a freeway barrier in Auburn Hills in late December, 2019. The 48-year-old was initially charged with one misdemeanor count of operating while intoxicated with blood alcohol content greater than 0.17%.

Police said Warren was weaving through traffic in her Jeep on I-75, near Baldwin Road, the night of Dec. 26 before she failed field sobriety tests and refused to take a breathalyzer test.

In a statement issued following her arrest, Warren said she made a "stupid mistake" after drinking at a gathering in Detroit and then driving. She said she appreciated the officer who stopped her and the professionalism and dignity by everyone at the Oakland County Sheriff's Department, adding that she would cooperate fully and do everything to guarantee this never happens again.

In a Facebook post, Warren said “I was wrong, and I am suffering the consequences of my behavior," adding that she would not be bullied into resigning.

“I fully own up to my behavior in December,” she wrote. “I am human, and I will stumble. When I do, I strive to take responsibility and act to correct my mistakes. To those of you who have shown understanding, sympathy and support – even though you may find fault in my actions as I do – you have my deepest appreciation.”

Warren faces up to 90 days in jail and fines at sentencing scheduled for March 17.