State Rep. John Kivela arrested near Lansing

Published: May. 8, 2017 at 10:38 PM EDT
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State Rep. John Kivela, D-Marquette, is out of jail Tuesday morning after he was arrested again near Lansing on suspicion of drunken driving.

According to Clinton County Sheriff's Office records, the 47-year-old Kivela was arrested Monday afternoon for driving with a blood alcohol content of .17 percent or more. In Michigan, that's more than twice the legal limit and is high enough to be punished under super drunk laws.

Clinton County Sheriff Lawrence Jerue says Kivela was arrested around 4:45 p.m. Monday in Clinton County and jailed on a $300 bond. Jerue says Kivela posted bond Tuesday morning.

Jerue says Kivela was traveling south on US-127 in Clinton County. Dispatchers received several calls regarding an erratic driver in the area. Jerue says an officer spotted Kivela's vehicle and pulled him over. Jerue says Kivela was cooperative. The sheriff wasn't aware if Kivela said where he was going.

Kivela is scheduled to be arraigned on Thursday, May 18 at 2 p.m. in Clinton County District Court, Jerue said.

In 2015, Kivela pleaded guilty to a charge of operating under the influence in the same county. He was sentenced to 12 months probation and a $1,510 fine. Police said his blood-alcohol content at that time was nearly three times the legal limit. After that arrest, Kivela said he entered a treatment program.

Kivela's office has not responded to TV6's requests for comment as of Tuesday morning.

Kivela is serving his third and final term as representative for the 109th House District. The Democrat announced in April that he would run for Michigan's 38th Senate District seat in Nov. 2018.

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