Detroit City Councilman faces super drunk driving charges
Detroit City Councilman Scott Benson faces charges under Michigan’s super drunk driving laws in relation to his June arrest.
According to Southfield police, Benson’s blood alcohol content (BAC) was 0.244 on June 29, when he was found hunched over the steering wheel of a city-issued Ford Crown Victoria on the southbound Southfield Freeway service drive near Eight Mile. He was released after posting a $500 bond the morning following his arrest.
Benson’s reported BAC was significantly higher than the 0.17 definition for super drunk driving, and much higher than the 0.08 cutoff for a typical drunk driving charge.
Following his arraignment, Benson faces charges of driving with a high BAC of 0.17 or higher and of having open containers of alcohol in his vehicle. The city has also taken his vehicle.
After his arrest, Benson was away from work for a week. He returned to work on July 7 and issued an apology, stating he was “ready to get back to work on behalf of the citizens of this great city and continue moving forward.”
Benson, 44, is serving his first term as City Councilman. He represents Detroit’s Third District.
Alleged super drunk driving carries significantly steeper penalties than a typical drunk driving charge. If convicted, Benson will face up to 180 days in jail, a fine of up to $700, 360 hours of community service work and six points on his driver’s license. In addition, Benson would be required to attend an alcohol treatment program and to use an ignition-interlock device, which measures the driver’s BAC before allowing use of the vehicle.
If you are facing super drunk driving charges, talk to an experienced drunk driving attorney right away.