Midland Co. sheriff issues apology after drunk driving arrest

MIDLAND, Mich. (AP) — A mid-Michigan sheriff says he was arrested for suspected drunken driving this month after leaving a deer hunting camp in Michigan’s northern Lower Peninsula.

A statement from Midland County Sheriff Scott Stephenson released Thursday by his office says the arrest for operating while intoxicated happened Nov. 16 in Kalkaska County. He says he plans to plead guilty and has “failed to hold myself to the standards to which I have set for myself.”

Stephenson says he drank alcohol at the camp and left to get cellphone reception. He says he felt the alcohol “take an effect while driving,” so he stopped.

The statement says a Kalkaska County sheriff’s deputy who responded after getting a call from a passer-by arrested him. Stephenson says he “will accept full responsibility.”

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