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(11/30/13) - Newly elected Flint city council member Eric Mays was arrested early Saturday morning for drunken driving and marijuana possession.

Flint police tell us Mays told Flint PD he was celebrating at an establishment near Industrial and Leith streets in Flint.

Police say Mays admitted to getting into his car and taking off.

Police say he hit something along the way and kept going, but left a trail behind.

"Officers wound up tracing debris and vehicle fluid back at Leith and Industrial until they found what he ran into," said Lt. James Peterson.

Police tell us Mays ended up going north on southbound I-475. Near Carpenter Road, his four tires went flat, leaving him stranded on the highway.

When Flint PD arrived, Mays was in the back of a Genesee Township police cruiser.

Police say he was taken to the Flint city lockup after he blew over the legal limit.

They kept him there until around 3 p.m. on Saturday.

"He realized that this was not a good thing for him and he was pretty embarrassed by it, as he thought about it," Peterson said. 

Late Saturday night, we talked to Frank Manley, who is representing Mays.

He released this statement saying, "Controversial does not mean guilty. We will review the facts and vigorously defend. It is our expectation that unless and until the voters speak Mr mays will remain a city council member."

Manley says unless voters speak, Mays will remain on city council.

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