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Flint City Councilman Eric Mays now representing himself in drunk driving case

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FLINT (WJRT) - (04/28/14) - There is a new development in the drunken driving case against Flint City Councilman Eric Mays.

Attorney Frank Manley filed a motion to withdraw as counsel. Special Prosecutor Michael Gildner did not object and 68th District Court Judge Nathaniel Perry signed off on it.

Manley says it was an amicable parting, that he wasn't satisfied with the offer Gildner presented and Mays decided to represent himself.

Mays faces five charges tied to his Nov. 30 arrest in Flint.

Police say he was drunk, driving the wrong way down I-475 on four flat tires.

They say he had marijuana on him, no proof of insurance and he refused to be finger-printed.

His case was set to go to trial last week.

"I've assured him that the offer that is now on the table will remain on the table," Gildner said. He declined comment on what the offer entailed.

Gildner also told Perry he was ready for trial last week and is ready now, too.

"I'll say this, with a smile on my face, it's a lot of stuff that would be gone away," Mays said. "But then, that would be an acceptance of responsibility for a traffic ticket. It's nothing that would make me resign my council seat. I can assure you I didn't believe it then and surely I know it now."

Flint Emergency Manager Darnell Earley, standing with Mayor Dayne Walling and council president Scott Kincaid, publicly called on May to resign, shortly after his arrest, pointing also to his behavior to city employees.

Mays didn't.

Earley also issued an executive order limiting his actions.

Mays previously acted as his own attorney, at trial, when faced with a charge tied to a disruption at a 2012 council hearing, before he was a council member. He was convicted.
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