State Rep. Posthumus arrested for OWI, issues apology

Kent County
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OAKFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — State Rep. Bryan Posthumus, R-Cannon Township, was arrested for suspicion of operating while intoxicated after crashing his car.

The single-car crash happened Friday evening in Oakfield Township, when his Jeep went off the road and hit a mailbox and then rolled over, a representative for Posthumus said in a Saturday release. No one was in the car with him.

“It appears that the suspect vehicle went off the road (redacted) and continued driving in the ditch until it struck the tree. There were clear tire marks in the grass (redacted) to the tree,” a responding deputy wrote in the police report for the crash.

He was taken to the hospital for possible injuries. A blood alcohol test showed his blood alcohol level as .13%, over the legal limit of .08%, the release said.

“Bryan did not remember the vehicle rolling,” the police report read in part.

The report, the copy of which News 8 obtained Monday was heavily redacted, said Posthumus always cooperated with the deputy.

It also indicated that someone called Kent County dispatcher six minutes before the crash report a Jeep “all over the road” and “possibly intoxicated.” The caller said the vehicle was drifting onto the shoulder and then into oncoming traffic.

Posthumus was also arrested for OWI January 2013.

He issued an apology in the release:

“I am deeply disappointed in myself for putting other people in jeopardy by driving while intoxicated. There is no excuse for what happened, and I take full and complete responsibility for my actions. I should never have tried to drive after drinking alcohol. To my family, friends, colleagues, and constituents who I serve, I sincerely apologize and ask forgiveness.

“It is clear to me that I have a drinking problem, and I need help. I am going to immediately begin attending alcoholics anonymous meetings and make AA an important part of my life. I am grateful that no one else was injured because of my mistake. I will work very hard to regain the trust, respect, and support of my loved ones, my fellow state representatives, and the wonderful citizens in my district. I never again want to embarrass myself or others through my actions.”

Rep. Bryan Posthumus

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