August 01, 2013GROSSE POINTE SHORES — A Grosse Pointe Woods city councilman takes responsibility for his drunken driving arrest last month, but isn’t rolling over for the prosecution.
Michael Richard Koester, 30, in his first term on the Woods council, was arrested at 2:44 a.m. Saturday, July 6, for impaired driving and making an improper lane change.
He pleaded innocent during his arraignment July 21 in Shores Municipal Court, according to court personnel.
“While I do not wish to comment on specifics related to an ongoing court proceeding, I fully acknowledge that I find myself here because of my own decisions and actions,” said Koester, free on $500 bond.
He’s scheduled for a preliminary hearing Wednesday, Aug. 21.
“My parents raised me better than this,” Koester said. “I sincerely apologize to the residents of this community. I will fully accept all consequences that come from this event. I also ensure that this circumstance is never repeated.”
Police allege Koester had a .111 percent blood alcohol level when losing control of a 2004 Ford F-150 pickup truck in the 1100-block curve of westbound Lakeshore.
The legal blood alcohol limit to operate a motor vehicle in Michigan is .08 percent.
The truck jumped the right curb and knocked down a streetlight, according to an initial incident report by Officer John Jabrael.
“Tracks on the street and lawn indicated the vehicle left the roadway and struck the pole,” Jabrael wrote.
“I try to hold myself to a high standard,” Koester said. “My actions that evening fell so far below that standard that I have a difficult time adequately expressing the disappointment I have in myself.”
Koester is a former corporate automotive financial analyst.
In 2011, he won a four-year term to the council and serves on the finance committee.
He and family members recently opened a restaurant in St. Clair Shores.
“Events like this can lead people in a myriad of directions,” he said of the charges. “I intend for this to lead me on a path to becoming a better man and leader.”