Maxbauer pleads guilty to drunk driving, receives one-year probation

Aug 29, 2016

Christine Maxbauer and her attorney, Chris Cook (right), listen to Prosecutor Joseph Hubbell in 86th District Court Monday.
Credit Aaron Selbig

Grand Traverse County Commissioner Christine Maxbauer was sentenced Monday to a year of probation for drunk driving.

Maxbauer pleaded guilty to the charge. She said she drank a bottle of wine at home July 7th before driving to her sister’s house because of a family emergency.

Maxbauer was arrested by Traverse City police after she hit a parked car on Front Street. Police measured her blood-alcohol content at 0.16 percent – twice the legal limit.

In court, she apologized for what she called “poor judgment.”

“I intend to conduct myself appropriately in the future," said Maxbauer. "I can assure the court, I can assure my family, I can assure my friends this will not be repeated in any way, shape or form. And I am extremely sorry.”

Maxbauer has no previous criminal record. As part of her probation, she will pay more than $1,000 in fines, and will have to submit to drug and alcohol testing during her probation.