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Bruce Township clerk's DUI arrest revealed after she wins re-election

Police said Susan Brockmann backed into police car in September

BRUCE TOWNSHIP, Mich. – Residents are calling for Bruce Township Clerk Susan Brockmann to step down Wednesday night after learning that she was busted for drunken driving while running for re-election.

The arrest wasn't made public until after the votes were counted.

Police said Brockmann was not only drunk, but crashed her car into a police vehicle. The incident happened in September before Brockmann won re-election, which isn't sitting well with residents in the small northern Macomb County township.

Brockmann has been clerk since 2008, but was not at work Wednesday when Local 4 went looking for answers.

Police said a breaking and entering alarm went off at the Bruce Township Hall at 3 a.m. in September. When state police went to investigate, they found a car running in the parking lot. When they moved closer, the car backed up and bumped into the Michigan State Police cruiser.

Brockmann's blood alcohol content was more than two and a half times the legal limit, police said.

"I think it's just very embarrassing," Bruce Township Treasurer Debbie Obrecht said.

Obrecht has been treasurer for 28 years. She wants to know what Brockmann was doing at the township hall at 3 a.m.

"People are asking us, 'Is this a cover-up? Did we know about this?'" Obrecht said. "This is total news. I've been totally blindsided."

Obrecht said she thinks Brockmann needs to step down.

"You're risking and jeopardizing other people's lives and I think someone who is 50 years old (and) holds a position such as a township clerk, you should know better," Obrecht said.

When the news hit the local paper, it ruffled some feathers among the constituency.

"It's intolerable," said Michele McMillan, of Sisson Street Creations. "It's a very small group of people here and we hold our elected officials to a high standard."

MSP officials said the case took so long because it takes awhile for blood work to come back. Once the blood work came back, it went to the Macomb County prosecutor, police said.

Police said the case was handled like any other drunken driving case.

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