Detroit City Councilman apologizes for 'the distraction' - FOX13 News, WHBQ FOX 13

Detroit City Councilman apologizes for 'the distraction'

Posted: Updated:
DETROIT (WJBK) -  Detroit City Councilman Scott Benson stands accused of driving while impaired.

Monday the 44-year-old left Southfield police lockup with his attorney posting $500 bond. Benson was discovered Sunday night passed out and slumped over the wheel of his city-issued black 2008 Crown Victoria. That car was towed and Benson was arrested.

Tuesday afternoon it was business as usual for City Council members as they continued on without Benson.

"As a colleague, as a person who represents the city of Detroit, I want member Benson to be healthy and whole, I want him to be okay and I want all of us to be able to move forward without any distractions," says Councilmember Saunteel Jenkins.

Benson released a statement Monday night saying: "I apologize to my constituents and colleagues for the distraction, and I look forward to continuing my work to move Detroit in a positive direction."

His attorney tells Fox 2 Tuesday more decisions will be made within the next few days, and calls the allegations "disturbing."

When Benson will be back to work is not known at this time. Jenkins says disciplinary action isn't even being thought of until formal charges are brought. Michigan State Police say those blood test results could take up to 30 days.

In the meantime, how will Benson's absence affect the city?

"There are nine Council members. We need a majority, [which] is five. As long as there are five Council members here we can make any decisions. ... Ideally, we want all nine people who were elected to be at the table serving," says Jenkins.

  • Download the FOX 2 Apps


  • FOX 2 News Five-Day Forecast
  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • WATCH LIVE: VP Joe Biden speaking in Detroit on Labor Day

    WATCH LIVE: VP Joe Biden speaking in Detroit on Labor Day

    Monday, September 1 2014 9:06 AM EDT2014-09-01 13:06:45 GMT
    Vice President Joe Biden is scheduled to be in Detroit on Labor Day for the second time in three years.
    Vice President Joe Biden is scheduled to be in Detroit on Labor Day for the second time in three years.
  • RECALL: Kraft American Singles Cheese Slices

    RECALL: Kraft American Singles Cheese Slices

    Monday, September 1 2014 8:05 AM EDT2014-09-01 12:05:15 GMT
    Kraft voluntarily recalled 7,691 cases of its American Singles cheese product Friday because an ingredient was stored improperly by a supplier.
    Kraft voluntarily recalled 7,691 cases of its American Singles cheese product Friday because an ingredient was stored improperly by a supplier.
  • Minimum wage hike launches this Labor Day

    Minimum wage hike launches this Labor Day

    Monday, September 1 2014 7:30 AM EDT2014-09-01 11:30:54 GMT
    Minimum wage workers across metro Detroit and the rest of the state are getting a small raise this Labor Day.
    Minimum wage workers across metro Detroit and the rest of the state are getting a small raise this Labor Day.
Powered by WorldNow

WHBQ-TV | Fox 13
485 S. Highland St.
Memphis, TN 38111

Main Station: (901) 320-1313
Newsroom: (901) 320-1340

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices