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Testimony begins in trial for Flint City Councilman Eric Mays

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FLINT (WJRT) - (05/22/14) - Testimony is underway in the trial for Flint City Councilman Eric Mays.    

He's representing himself.

First up was the first officer to respond when the call when out about a car, facing the wrong way, on I-475.

That officer, former Genesee Township Police Officer Alexander Knopp, said Mays admitted he had been drinking, at UAW Local 599, and driving and that no one else had been in the car.

"He said he was out celebrating a recount election he had won," Knopp said. "He stated, several times, he was out drinking Grey Goose vodka with Don Williamson and that Don was going to be very mad because he crashed his car."

Knopp said Mays was polite, admitted he messed up and wanted the encounter kept quiet so he wouldn't get into trouble.

When Flint City officers arrived?

"He became aggressive," said former Flint Police Officer Keenan Sugg. "Back and forth mood swings."

"You will not get away with this," Knopp said. "You may charge me, but I will not see my day in court."

Mays faces five charges, accused of driving drunk, possession of marijuana, not reporting the accident, refusing to be fingerprinted and having no proof of insurance for the Nov. 30 incident and arrest.

Special Prosecutor Michael Gildner indicated, during his opening statement, before testimony, that the car damaged was registered or belonged to former Flint Mayor Don Williamson's wife's car dealership.

We spoke with former Williamson, by phone, and he says he wasn't with Mays.

The case picks up, with more testimony, May 30.
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