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      Traverse City Mayor talks about his political future

      One week after his arrest for drunk driving, Traverse City Mayor Michael Estes is ready to talk about his political future.

      One week after his arrest for drunk driving, Traverse City Mayor Michael Estes is ready to talk about his political future.

      Mayor Estes was pulled over by the Traverse City Police Oct. 23, after an officer saw a car cross the center line while traveling on East Eighth Street. Estes reportedly failed several in-field sobriety tests and eventually blew a .120 BAC and was arrested for operating while intoxicated, first offense.

      Estes, 63, was held at the Grand Traverse County Jail and posted bond the following morning.

      Estes is up for reelection in November and will be making a brief statement regarding his plans at 10 a.m. Wednesday.

      Following his arrest last week, Mayor Estes released the following statement:

      "I deeply regret my actions that led to my drunk driving arrest on Oct. 23. My actions are an embarrassment to my family and the office of mayor of Traverse City. I apologize to all and accept all the consequences of my actions. For my poor behavior I am taking the appropriate corrections and working with my friends and family to improve myself as a human being. To my surprise my wife, family, friends and individuals I have never met have all encouraged me to continue in my role as mayor, however, that decision is still pending. Again, I apologize to all and realize forgiveness must be earned and takes a great deal of time."