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.
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.”