Officer Disciplined for Dropping DUI Investigation

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

WEST BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) -- A newspaper says a Detroit-area police officer declined to pursue a drunken driving case against the husband of a local official because he feared it could impact a public safety millage.
The Detroit News (http://bit.ly/oyQB09) got documents about an Aug. 13 stop involving West Bloomfield Township Supervisor Michele Economou Ureste and husband Matt.
West Bloomfield Officer Robert Stephens stopped their car as they were returning home from a Kid Rock concert. Matt Ureste had a blood-alcohol level of 0.11, above the legal limit. He says he was not drunk.
Stephens gave the couple a ride home. He was suspended for five days.
It was a hot topic at a township meeting Monday. Some people said Michele Ureste got special treatment and should quit. She says the criticism is all politics.


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