City Manager Mike Martin Formally Charged With DUI
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, â€œleaning forward and swaying side to side,â€ according to King County Sheriffâ€™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 driverâ€™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 isnâ€™t Martinâ€™s first run-in with the law â€“ 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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