Flint City Councilman Eric Mays sentenced for driving while impaired

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In an appeal this afternoon, a Genesee County circuit judge granted Flint City Councilman Eric Mays' bond request.

Mays can leave the jail with $15,000 cash or surety bond.

Watch NBC 25 news tonight at 6 for the latest on the Mays case.

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A judge has sentenced Flint City Councilman Eric Mays to 72 days in jail for his conviction of driving while impaired.

Mays was handcuffed and taken to jail after being sentenced Friday by Flint District Judge Nathaniel Perry, who said the councilman put his own constituents in danger.

Mays is appealing the conviction. He asked Perry to put his jail sentence on hold as he was led from the courtroom. The judge denied the request.

Police found Mays on Nov. 30 along Interstate 475.

A jury in June found Mays not guilty of operating a vehicle while intoxicated, marijuana possession and refusing to be fingerprinted. The jury replaced the operating a vehicle while intoxicated charge with driving while impaired and convicted him on that charge.