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December 3, 2013

Estes sentenced to probation

— TRAVERSE CITY — A judge sentenced Traverse City Mayor Michael Estes to 18 months probation for driving while impaired.

Eighty-Sixth District Court Judge Michael Stepka cited Estes’ previous 1994 reckless driving conviction -- in which alcohol was a factor -- as a reason for adding an additional six months probation to Estes’ sentence. Estes also is required to pay fines, attend 12-step meetings and spend a weekend at a facility that educates people on the ramifications of drinking and driving.

Estes pleaded guilty to impaired driving on Nov. 4. Police said they stopped him on 8th Street on Oct. 23, and his blood-alcohol content was measured 0.12.

See Wednesday’s Record-Eagle for more details.

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