Ex-state Sen. Jaye gets plea deal in Macomb County

Ursula Watson
The Detroit News

Mount Clemens — A former state senator has taken a plea deal for a disorderly conduct charge in Macomb County.

David Jaye, 56, on Thursday pleaded no contest in 42nd District Court in Romeo to the misdemeanor charge following a drunken incident in Washington Township. He also paid a $625 fine. The plea deal allows the arrest to be wiped from his criminal record if he has no other violations within one year.

On Sept. 7, Jaye was charged with disorderly conduct after police said he threatened a jogger and had a backpack of beer.

The jogger told police Jaye of Bonita Springs, Florida, had been chanting and made threats to “hurt” him. Jaye was on a bicycle and wearing a backpack. Police said Jaye had slurred speech and smelled of alcohol.

When police searched his backpack they found cans of beer.

Jaye was expelled from the state Legislature in 2001 for drunken driving convictions, assault allegations by his fiancee in Fort Myers, Florida, and other problems. After his expulsion, Jaye was a visiting professor at Hanyang Graduate School of International Studies in South Korea, according to his LinkedIn page.

But he had to continue attending Alcoholics Anonymous classes in Korea and report monthly to Macomb County probation officials.

The most recent job Jaye held, according to his LinkedIn page, was as an English for speakers of other languages teacher for nighttime classes at Collier County Schools Adult Education in Naples, Florida. A Collier County Schools staffer said Jaye hadn’t work there in more than a year. It’s unclear where he’s currently working.


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