INDIANAPOLIS – A former Indiana House speaker faces drunken driving charges, accused of crashing his car into a pay booth at a downtown Indianapolis parking garage.
Police said 69-year-old Michael K. Phillips had a blood-alcohol content of 0.16 percent, or twice the state’s legal limit for driving, following Tuesday night’s arrest.
He told officers he had “a couple glasses of wine” before the accident at Circle Centre Mall’s garage, according to police.
Phillips was taken to the Marion County Jail and released Wednesday after posting $150 bond. He is charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated.
The Indianapolis Star reports (http://indy.st/11l7QDf) that Phillips was Democratic House speaker from 1988 until 1994. He made national news in 1988 when he and Republican Paul S. Mannweiler agreed to be co-speakers because the House was split 50-50 between parties.