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Traverse City Mayor Arrested for Drunk Driving, Regrets Actions

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UPDATE: 9&10 News has obtained a statement from Mayor Michael Estes regarding last night's drunk driving incident, Estes says: "I deeply regret my actions.  I've embarrassed my family, and the Office of Mayor in Traverse City.  I apologize to all involved.  I've put my personal life on display which is deeply regrettable.  

When asked by 9&10 News if Mayor Estes still intends to run for re-election, he says, "I have no idea what the next step is.  I don't want to do something totally irrational."

9&10's Marisa McKay and photojournalist Jeremy Erickson chased down the details on the arrest.

Estes will appear in court on November 4th - one day before Election Day in Traverse City.


The Mayor of Traverse City faces drunk driving charges Thursday.

Wednesday night around 9:00 PM, Traverse City police saw a car cross the center line on East Eighth Street near Woodmere Avenue.

Then the car swerved into the bike lane before being pulled over.

The prosecutor's office confirms with 9&10 News Mayor Michael Estes was behind the wheel.

He is up for re-election in just two weeks.

Police say Estes' blood alcohol content was .120%.

His case is now pending in the 86th District Court.  

City Manager Jered Ottenwess says this is a personal matter, and the city is not taking any official action at this time.