OAKLAND COUNTY, Mich. – One of the many important elections upcoming in Metro Detroit is for a judgeship in Oakland County, and video has emerged of a candidate allegedly being stopped for driving drunk, police said.
According to a police video, Julie McDonald failed a road sobriety test in September being caught speeding down the street.
She avoided a drunken-driving charge, but now a group of her critics have become her opponents.
Police said McDonald smelled of alcohol after being caught speeding up Woodward Avenue. It was 10:45 a.m. when she blew a .102, according to authorities.
Many residents in the area think the Royal Oak city attorney did McDonald a favor by dropping her DUI charge this week in favor of a littering charge.
Corrine Shoop is one of four veteran Oakland County lawyers now running for the same judgeship as a write-in candidate, but McDonald is the only name on the ballot.
McDonald was running unopposed for the $145,000 per year seat.
Royal Oak city attorney David Gillum told Local 4 he stands by the plea agreement after looking at the facts in the case.