While President Obama was kicking back in Martha’s Vineyard, his half-uncle was locked up on a drunk driving charge. Unfortunately, Obama could not answer his relative’s phone call from the big house.
Onyango Obama, 67, of Framingham was arrested on Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. according to Middlesex District Attorney Spokeswoman Cara O’Brien.
After he failed three sobriety tests, the elder Obama was taken to the station and asked if he wanted to make a call to arrange for bail. He replied, “I think I will call the White House,” reports the Boston Globe.
Officer Val Krishtal pulled Obama over when he made a quick turn and cut her off. She said he was slurring his speech and eventually admitted to having drank at least two beers.
Obama’s blood alcohol level was 0.14 percent, while the legal limit in Massachusetts in 0.08 percent.
The suspect was arraigned Thursday for driving under the influence of alcohol, failure to yield at an intersection and negligent operation, according to O’Brien. The judge ordered him released on personal recognizance, but he was then held on a US Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainer.
Now, Obama is facing a deportation proceeding, according to a spokesman for immigration attorney Margaret Wong, who is representing Obama.