Flint City Councilman Eric Mays sentenced to jail

Aug 15, 2014

A judge has sentenced Flint City Councilman Eric Mays to 72 days in jail for his conviction of driving while impaired.    

After his arrest, several city leaders called on Eric Mays to resign the city council seat he was elected to last year.    Mays has refused.
After his arrest, several city leaders called on Eric Mays to resign the city council seat he was elected to last year. Mays has refused.
Credit Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

Mays was handcuffed and taken to jail after being sentenced by Flint District Judge Nathaniel Perry, who said the councilman put his own constituents in danger.

Eric Mays is appealing the conviction.

Mays asked the judge to put his jail sentence on hold as he was led from the courtroom. The judge denied the request.   

A few hours later, a Genesee circuit judge granted Mays’ request for bond. The judge set the bond at $15,000 cash or surety. He also ordered Mays to remain under house arrest.   

Police found Eric Mays outside a disabled vehicle that was facing the wrong direction on Interstate 475 last November.

Mays never admitted to driving the car and a jury in June found him not guilty of operating a vehicle while intoxicated.

The jury replaced the charge with driving while impaired and convicted him on that charge.

After his arrest, several city leaders called on Mays to resign the city council seat he was elected to last year. Mays has refused.