Rep. Warren to cops: ‘This is gonna be the most famous arrest you ever made’

    State Sen. Rebekah Warren (D-Ann Arbor) | Susan J. Demas

    There’s more video from the drunken driving arrest of state Rep. Rebekah Warren (D-Ann Arbor) and WDIV-TV in Detroit has obtained it.

    Warren, 48, was arraigned Thursday under Michigan’s “super-drunk” law for having a blood alcohol level of .212%, almost three times over the legal limit when she was arrested after midnight Dec. 27 in Auburn Hills. She faces one misdemeanor count of operating while intoxicated with blood alcohol content greater than .17%.

    Dashcam video from Auburn Hills Police showed Warren’s vehicle hitting a guardrail before being pulled over and failing several field sobriety tests. She said she had drank three glasses of wine at an event at the Renaissance Center at Detroit.

    Police video shows state Rep. Warren’s car hitting guardrail before drunken driving arrest

    Before her arrest, Warren told the officers she was an elected official. The video from inside the squad car WDIV aired shows her telling police, “This is gonna be, like, the most famous arrest you ever made.”

    Sitting in the back of the car, Warren said, “You don’t understand. I’m elected. I’m a senator. People will be like, ‘The senator got arrested.’”

    Warren also told police, “Do you understand there’s going to be a moment where we’re both going to be on TV, and it’s gonna be, like, ‘Senator from Ann Arbor’s career’s over?’ I just don’t want this on the camera for my future. Just don’t ruin my career.”

    Susan J. Demas is a 19-year journalism veteran and one of the state’s foremost experts on Michigan politics, appearing on MSNBC, CNN, NPR and WKAR-TV’s “Off the Record.” In addition to serving as Editor-in-Chief, she is the Advance’s chief columnist, writing on women, LGBTQs, the state budget, the economy and more. Most recently, she served as Vice President of Farough & Associates, Michigan’s premier political communications firm. For almost five years, Susan was the Editor and Publisher of Inside Michigan Politics, the most-cited political newsletter in the state. Susan’s award-winning political analysis has run in more than 80 national, international and regional media outlets, including the Guardian U.K., NBC News, the New York Times, the Detroit News and MLive. She is the only Michigan journalist to be named to the Washington Post’s list of “Best Political Reporters,” the Huffington Post’s list of “Best Political Tweeters” and the Washington Post’s list of “Best Political Bloggers.” Susan was the recipient of a prestigious Knight Foundation fellowship in nonprofits and politics. She served as Deputy Editor for MIRS News and helped launch the Michigan Truth Squad, the Center for Michigan’s fact-checking project. She started her journalism career reporting on the Iowa caucuses for The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette. Susan has hiked over 3,000 solo miles across four continents and climbed more than 60 mountains. She also enjoys dragging her husband and two teenagers along, even if no one else wants to sleep in a tent anymore.