Onyango Obama, President Obama's uncle, was arrested on August 24 in
Massachusetts for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol, CBS News reports.
According to CNN, Onyango Obama was arrested in Framingham, a Boston suburb, after not stopping his SUV at an intersection.
The Metro West Daily News reports
that he had a blood alcohol level of .14 when tested with a
Breathalyzer at the police station. The legal limit in Massachusetts is
.08, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.Police said that when asked if he wanted to make a phone call, Obama said: "I think I will call the White House."
A spokesman for Cleveland immigration attorney Margaret Wong, who is
representing him, confirmed that the 67-year-old is the president's
Police say the president's uncle is originally from Kenya and is
being held without bail on a detainer from U.S. Immigration and Customs
Wong was one of the attorneys who represented Zeituni Onyango, President Obama's aunt, who last year was granted political asylum after spending ten years as an undocumented immigrant in Boston.
The White House did not respond to a request for comment from The Boston Herald, the paper reports.
Onyango Obama Arrest: Officer Val Krishtal's Driving Record Questioned By Lawyer
FRAMINGHAM, Mass. — The defense for President Barack Obama's uncle is
reviewing the driving records of the police officer who arrested him on
drunken driving charges.
Onyango Obama, an illegal immigrant, appeared briefly in Framingham
District Court on Thursday as his lawyer told a judge he has obtained
the driving history of the officer who stopped Obama in August in
Officer Val Krishtal said in a written police report that he
stopped Obama after Obama did not come to a complete stop at a stop
sign, causing his police cruiser to nearly strike Obama's SUV. Krishtal
said Obama failed several field sobriety tests and registered 0.14 on a
blood-alcohol test, higher than the state's legal limit of 0.08.
Obama's attorney, P. Scott Bratton, said he is reviewing Krishtal's
driving records to see whether Krishtal has a history of accidents.
Bratton has said previously that Obama was not committing any traffic
violations and police had no right to pull him over. He is seeking to
suppress the traffic stop and the results of the blood-alcohol test. A
judge will hear arguments on those motions on March 1.
"We want to review the record to see if there is a pattern of conduct
of bad driving behavior on the part of the arresting officer," Bratton
Krishtal totaled his police cruiser in November while responding to reports of gunshots.
Framingham police declined to comment. A spokeswoman for Middlesex
District Attorney Gerry Leone said prosecutors were not opposed to
turning over the records. Bratton said a lawyer for the town of
Framingham provided the records.
Obama, 67, who is originally from Kenya, is the half brother of the
president's late father. He has pleaded not guilty to operating under
the influence of alcohol, negligent operation of a motor vehicle and
failure to yield the right of way.
Police said that after being booked at the police station, Obama
said, "I think I will call the White House" when asked if he wanted to
make a telephone call to arrange for bail.
The status of
Obama's immigration case could not immediately be determined. A
spokeswoman for the Executive Office for Immigration Review did not
immediately return a call seeking comment Thursday.
Obama initially was held without bail on a detainer from U.S.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement on allegations he violated an order
to return to Kenya 20 years ago. He was later released and has been
ordered to regularly check in with immigration officials.
The White House has said it expects Obama's arrest to be handled like any other case.
|Liveleak on Facebook|