Former Speaker of Indiana House arrested on drunken driving charges

Michael Phillips arrested Wednesday morning

INDIANAPOLIS - Former Indiana House Speaker Michael K. Phillips faces charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated after crashing his SUV into a pay booth in a Circle Center Mall parking garage in Indianapolis.

Phillips, a 69-year-old Boonville attorney who left the House in 1994 and works as a lobbyist at the Statehouse while the General Assembly is in session, was arrested early Wednesday morning.

Police said Phillips pulled his Cadillac SUV into the wrong side of a pay booth, first hitting a yellow pole intended to direct drivers and then crashing into the booth itself.

He failed field sobriety tests and was found to have blood-alcohol level of 0.16 – twice the legal limit – during a preliminary Breathalyzer test at Wishard Hospital in Indianapolis, police said.

Phillips acknowledged that he had "a couple glasses of wine" Tuesday night at an off-track betting facility in Downtown Indianapolis, according to a police report, but he added: "I did not think I was that high."

Phillips could not be reached for comment Wednesday.

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