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Traverse City mayor wins another term after drunk driving guilty plea

Michael Estes


Traverse City Mayor Michael Estes won re-election a day after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor charge of driving while impaired.


He defeated Rick Buckhalter in Tuesday's election to earn a third two-year term. He won the mayor's post in 2007 and 2011.


The 63-year-old was pulled over Oct. 23 after a candidates' forum. Police spotted his pickup truck weaving across turn and bike lanes on a downtown street. A breath test recorded a blood-alcohol content of 0.12 percent, exceeding the 0.08 percent legal limit for driving.


Estes pleaded guilty on Monday and faces a possible punishment of up to 93 days in jail.


He has asked for the public's forgiveness.

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