City Manager Mike Martin Formally Charged With DUI

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According to The Seattle P-I, Burien City Manager Mike Martin was formally charged with drunk driving Wednesday (May 6th), based on his arrest on Sunday, April 19th.

As we reported then, Martin, 55, allegedly crashed his car into a ceramic planter in the 12600 block of 14th Ave South.

Apparently Martin was found outside his car, “leaning forward and swaying side to side,” according to King County Sheriff’s records. His breath allegedly smelled strongly of alcohol, his eyes were bloodshot, his speech slurred and he admitted to drinking a couple glasses of wine and two beers.

Martin also refused to hand over his driver’s license, as well as perform both field sobriety tests and Breathalyzer tests. Deputies took him to the police station, where he was cited for suspicion of DUI. An officer then drove him home and released him.

Under Washington state law, refusing to take a breath test results in automatic suspension of a driver’s license for at least one year. Martin may challenge the suspension or seek approval for an alcohol-ignition device on his car.

Martin’s license has now been suspended by the Washington State Department of Licensing, and he is scheduled to enter a plea to the DUI chage on May 15th.

This isn’t Martin’s first run-in with the law – he apparently previously resigned as Chief Administrative Officer for the city of Kent after a 2005 hit-and-run incident.

Martin has been city manager since November 2006, and his yearly salary is $135,180.

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4 Responses to “City Manager Mike Martin Formally Charged With DUI”
  1. 1. i have a bone to pick with saying "formally" charged. It would be easier to understand by using "officially" charged.

    2. there's nothing to say this person even has a drinking problem from the story, or the prior incident.

    3. refusing to give up your 4th amendment right, resulting in giving up your driving right? That law is unconstitutional on its face and should be challenged in the supreme court anyway.

    4. there's nothing to say a DUI has any impact on how well he manages the city.

    5. posting the city manager seems a trifle vindictive on someone's part, as if to say all the out of work people should rise up and speak out against this guy. It's just inflamatory and incindiary.

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  2. Quad says:

    Wow, Vegas seems to have a problem with the courts and DUI process. Shame, last time i heard getting drunks off the street saves lives. How many times does the average drunk drive and not get caught? The heavy drinkers I have known seem to get away with it for years with out getting caught. Also, normal people do not get drunk and drive, alcoholics do. Driving drunk does, in fact, mean you have a drinking problem, period.

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  3. suzanne says:

    i think it shows that he is inwise with his choices and therefore should resign.

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  4. Terry Torbet says:

    Why would the City of Burien retain as city manager, a twice convicted DUI offender? That is the question that needs to be answered.

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