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Local attorney thinks Governor Inslee ‘going too far’ with tough new DUI law

Local attorney thinks Governor Inslee ‘going too far’ with tough new DUI law

by Jack Mayne Burien lawyer Joe Breidenbach, known widely as “DUI Joe,” believes Gov. Jay Inslee is going too far with the tough new proposed law he unveiled last week following three local... [Read more]

Burien Man Arrested For DUI With 3-Year Old Child in Vehicle

Burien Man Arrested For DUI With 3-Year Old Child in Vehicle

The Washington State Patrol reports that a 57-year old Burien man was arrested Sunday (Aug. 22) for Driving Under the Influence (DUI) after he was stopped by a Trooper for failing to wear his seatbelt. Juan... [Read more]

Bride-To-Be Busted For DUI Just Hours Before Her Burien Wedding

Bride-To-Be Busted For DUI Just Hours Before Her Burien Wedding

The Washington State Patrol is reporting that a bride-to-be was arrested for DUI early Saturday morning, just hours before her Burien wedding. The 31 year old Bellevue woman was busted just after 6am by... [Read more]

Burien City Manager Mike Martin Granted Deferred Prosecution In DUI Charge

Burien City Manager Mike Martin Granted Deferred Prosecution In DUI Charge

by Ralph Nichols Burien City Manager Mike Martin on Tuesday (June 23rd) was granted a deferred prosecution (download court doc as a PDF here) on a DUI charge (driving under the influence) by King County... [Read more]

Citizens Mount Protest Against City Manager Mike Martin

Citizens Mount Protest Against City Manager Mike Martin

Story and Photos by Michael Brunk

Wednesday afternoon (May 20th), Tai Oh of Burien (right, below) and Terry Torbet of Kent (left) stood on SW 148th near First Avenue South holding a large banner protesting City Manager Mike Martin’s recent DUI incident, as seen in these pictures by Michael Brunk:

BREAKING: Mike Martin Enters “Not Guilty” Plea To DUI

BREAKING: Mike Martin Enters “Not Guilty” Plea To DUI

by Ralph Nichols

Burien City Manager Mike Martin entered a plea of “Not Guilty” on Friday (May 15th) to a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol stemming from a minor traffic accident on April 19th. Martin appeared before King County District Court Judge Eileen Kato, who scheduled a pretrial hearing for June 23rd.

Martin, 55, refused to perform field sobriety tests or take a Breathalyzer test when he was arrested following the one-car accident in Burien. As a result, his driver’s license was suspended, as required by state law, when formal DUI charges were filed on May 6th.

On Monday (May 11th), the Burien City Council approved an amended contract for Martin on a 5-1 vote, which imposes strict “alcohol-related conditions” with which he must “comply fully” to retain his position as city manager.

In agreeing to the addition of alcohol-related conditions to his contract, Martin denied committing “any wrongful or criminal act,” but acknowledged “that the facts and circumstances of his arrest may constitute ‘cause’ to terminate his employment under the Original Agreement.”

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City Keeps Mike Martin On, Requires Amended Contract

City Keeps Mike Martin On, Requires Amended Contract

by Ralph Nichols

The Burien City Council imposed on Monday (May 11th) strict “alcohol-related conditions” with which City Manager Mike Martin must “comply fully” if he is to retain that position. Martin is scheduled to be arraigned in King County District Court Friday on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol.

The conditions are included in an amendment to Martin’s contract (download and view PDF here), which was approved without discussion with a 6-1 vote by city lawmakers. Councilwoman Lucy Krakowiak, who publicly called for Martin’s ouster following his arrest for allegedly driving under the influence, cast the dissenting vote. She also cast the lone vote against Martin when the council hired him as city manager in January 2007.

Here’s a portion of the amended contract…

City Manager Mike Martin Formally Charged With DUI

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, “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…

Walk Like MADD On June 28th

Walk Like MADD On June 28th

Like to walk for a good cause? Here’s one coming up this Saturday, June 28th:Walk Like MADD, supported by MADD Pacific Northwest (aka Mother’s Against Drunk Driving), will hold its first... [Read more]

Boy Hit By Accused Drunk Driver In Burien

Boy Hit By Accused Drunk Driver In Burien

A 7-year old boy was hit by a car driven by an accused drunk driver Thursday night near the intersection of SW 116th and 19th Avenue SW, according to the King County Sheriff’s Office. The incident... [Read more]