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Lansing school board president arrested for DUI

September 24, 2010

Lansing USD 469 Board President Shelly Gowdy was arrested last weekend for DUI after leaving an annual gala benefiting the Lansing Education Foundation.

Lansing Police Chief Steve Wayman confirmed Gowdy’s arrest, which occurred Saturday, Sept. 18, outside the gala at the First National Bank & Trust, 420 Centre Drive.

Wayman said Lansing Police Officer Mike Heuer observed Gowdy back her 2007 Dodge four-door into a parked 2006 Ford Focus owned by Ninveh Carvan. The accident, which Wayman described as "very, very, very, very minor," occurred about 11:20 p.m. in the bank parking lot.

“At that point, contact was made with (Gowdy), a field sobriety test was given and an arrest was made,” Wayman said.

Wayman said the field sobriety test included a Breathalyzer, but he declined to provide those results.

Gowdy, 46, was not taken to jail but instead signed a personal recognizance bond. She is due for an 8:30 a.m. Oct. 27 date in Lansing Municipal Court. There, she'll face two charges, driving under the influence and inattentive driving, Wayman said.

Wayman said the fact that Gowdy was not taken to jail was not out of the ordinary for people arrested for DUI.

“Have we taken them to jail? Yes. Have we released people? Yes,” he said. “To be honest, it’s case-by-case,” depending on the officer’s discretion.

“Was there special consideration given? No,” Wayman said.

Gowdy, 46, has served on the Lansing USD 469 Board of Education since 2003, winning re-election in 2007. She first served as board president in 2004-’05, and has remained as board president since 2006.

Gowdy could not be reached for comment Friday afternoon.


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