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Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Former House Speaker And Powerful Gaming Lobbyist Busted For Drunk Driving
Former House Speaker Mike Phillips
A prominent lobbyist for gaming interests and former Democratic Speaker of the Indiana House of Representatives, Mike Phillips, was arrested last night for drunk driving after he crashed his car while exiting a Circle Centre parking garage on Maryland Street after leaving the off-track betting parlor according to the Indianapolis Star. Police say the 69-year old Phillips registered a blood alcohol level of 0.16. According to police, Phillips crashed his Cadillac SUV into a pole while attempting to exit the garage and then struck an unattended parking attendant booth when he tried to correct his path. Phillips initially refused to take a breathalyzer test after failing a field sobriety test but later agreed to one after he was transported to Wishard where his blood was also drawn for testing according to an IMPD police report. Phillips was taken to the processing center at 2:08 a.m. this morning before he was released after posting $150 bond at his 1:00 p.m. court appearance today. The police report indicates that Phillips had more than $1,800 in cash on him at the time of his arrest.