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      Councilman pleads not guilty following drunk driving, drug possession arrest

      Eric Mays/NBC 25 file photo

      Flint City Councilmember Eric Mays pled not guilty Friday afternoon in connection with a November arrest for drunken driving and drug possession.

      Mays is accused of operating a vehicle under the influence after attending a holiday party, and then driving on four flat tires going the wrong way on I-475 back on November 30th. He has been charged with four misdemeanors: possession of marijuana, operating while intoxicated, no proof of insurance and refusal to be fingerprinted.

      He is expected to be back in court for another hearing in January.

      Mays was elected to the Flint City Council in November by just eight votes. He has rejected calls to step down following his arrest.

      Flint's emergency manager Darnell Earley issued an executive order on December 13 limiting Mays' access to City Hall citing so-called "persistent disruptive behavior" and "inappropriate, intimidating communications" by Mays at recent City Council meetings and interactions with City Hall staff.