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Drain Commissioner arrested, charged with drunk driving

17. December 2005 • Murph
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Drain Commisisoner Janis Bobrin was arrested on 10 Nov. and has been charged with operating while intoxicated. The original story in the News was on Thanksgiving Day; this one is from this past Thursday:

Bobrin, 54, was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving after her car rear-ended another vehicle in the 900 block of East Stadium Boulevard in Ann Arbor on Nov. 10. No one was injured, but officers determined Bobrin’s blood alcohol level was 0.20, more than twice the legal limit to be considered drunk, reports said. Police found an empty box of wine in the car and other alcohol in the trunk.

The Ann Arbor City Attorney’s Office this week charged her with one count of operating while intoxicated, a misdemeanor punishable by up to 93 days in jail and a $500 fine. She remains free on a personal recognizance bond and is scheduled for arraignment in an Ann Arbor district court Jan. 11.

The incident followed a crash in May in which Bobrin totaled her county-owned vehicle in Livingston County. The police report from that incident indicates Bobrin was cited for not paying attention and that she registered a 0.051 blood alcohol level, below the legal limit of 0.08.

Bobrin has no plans to resign, and the County Commissioners have no ability to force her, as an elected official, to do so.

Bobrin, who earns $90,611, was re-elected to her fifth four-year term with 99 percent of vote against a write-in candidate in 2004. Her office is responsible for storm water management, flood control, development review and environmental protection programs.

Larry Kestenbaum has a post about this on his blog Polygon.



  1. Another political career down the…(whoops)
       —David Boyle    Dec. 17 '05 - 08:05PM    #
  2. If you haven’t, do check out Larry Kestenbaum’s post.
       —Mark    Dec. 18 '05 - 04:20AM    #