Scott Benson apologizes in court
Southfield — A Detroit City Council member who pleaded guilty to drunken driving has apologized for what he described as his egregious behavior and has been ordered to spend a week in jail.
Scott Benson was arrested June 29 on suspicion of drunken driving in Southfield, just north of Detroit. Authorities say he was found passed out behind the wheel of his city-owned vehicle.
Benson entered the plea in October. During Benson’s sentencing on Thursday, Judge Bill Richards said Benson’s blood-alcohol level was three times the legal limit for driving. WJBK-TV reports he ordered Benson to serve seven days in jail and two years of probation.
Benson’s sentence was half the time that court officials had recommended. He chose March 13 to begin his sentence in Oakland County Jail.