Michigan state legislator, 36, is arrested for drunk driving after dumping his jeep in a letterbox and promises to go to Alcoholics Anonymous to address his drinking problem
- State Representative Bryan Posthumus, 36, a first-time Republican representing Cannon Township, Michigan, was arrested Friday
- He was leaving his family’s ranch in Oakfield Township, Michigan when his jeep went off the road. He hit a letterbox and his car rolled over
- Tests showed Posthumus’s blood alcohol level was 0.13, more than the state’s legal limit of 0.08
- He admitted to having a drinking problem and will immediately begin meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous, citing an earlier arrest for drunk driving in January 2013
A Michigan state legislator has been arrested for drunk driving and has vowed to attend Alcoholics Anonymous after publicly admitting he has a drinking problem.
State Representative Bryan Posthumus, 36, a first-term Republican representing Cannon Township, Michigan, was arrested Friday after crashing his jeep in a letterbox and rolling it.
Posthumus, who represents the 73rd district, which includes Grand Rapids, was previously arrested for drunk driving in 2013.
The legislature was leaving his family’s farm in Oakfield Township when his jeep pulled off the road. He hit a letterbox and his vehicle rolled over Detroit Free Press.
State Representative Bryan Posthumus, 36, a first-term Republican representing Cannon Township, Michigan, was arrested Friday for drunk driving. He represents the 73rd district, which includes Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Posthumus asked his constituents and family for forgiveness in a Facebook post. He admitted to having a drinking problem and says he will start Alcoholics Anonymous meetings immediately
After the accident, Posthumus was taken to the Correctional Facility in Kent County, where his blood alcohol content was tested before being taken to hospital.
Tests showed that the blood alcohol level of Posthumus was 0.13. The state legal limit is 0.08.
Posthumus was arrested on suspicion of operating under the influence. He was later released after posting a $ 100 bond, according to court documents.
In a lengthy press release on Facebook, Posthumus asked his constituents and family for forgiveness. He also cited an earlier arrest for drunk driving on OWI in January 2013 as part of the problems he had with alcohol.
‘I am deeply disappointed in myself that I have endangered other people by driving a car after drinking alcohol. There is no excuse for what happened, and I take full and complete responsibility for my actions, ”he said.
Bryan Posthumus, 36, a first-term Republican representing Cannon Township, Michigan, was arrested Friday. He represents the 73rd district, which includes Grand Rapids
‘It is clear to me that I have a drinking problem and I need help. I will immediately begin attending anonymous alcholics meetings and make AA an important part of my life. I am grateful that no one else was hurt by my mistake.
“I will work very hard to regain the trust, respect and support of my loved ones, my fellow countrymen and the wonderful citizens of my district. I never want to embarrass myself or others again because of my actions. ‘
Posthumus’s Facebook apology provoked mixed reactions from his constituents, with many praising him for transparency, but others calling for him to step down.
Natasha Versluys said: ‘Do the right thing and quit your job. Your constituents deserve a fully dedicated Lansing Representative. This apology is insulting in its arrogance and sense of justice. I wish you the best, but I don’t have to sacrifice my representation for your bad decision making. ‘
Andrew Goode added: ‘I hope you can recover and AA works for you – it seems you have not learned any lessons from the 2013 incident. I expect better decision-making from elected officials – and I hope you will resign from politics to focus on your self-improvement. ‘
Pamela Snyder agreed: “Politicians who break the law should be punished as citizens who break the law. I look forward to his sentence after his recovery. I hope he gets a lot of fines, loses his job and probation that will require him to call every day for a piss test. Make him think twice before picking up his loaded keys again. ‘
Postumus comes from a politically connected family in Michigan. He is the son of former Lieutenant Governor of Michigan Dick Posthumus and the brother of Lisa Posthumus Lyons, a former Republican nominee for Lieutenant Governor in 2018.