69 year old Michael Phillips of Boonville, former Speaker of the Indiana House from 1988 to 1994 was arrested on drunk driving charges Tuesday night in Indianapolis after his Cadillac crashed into a pay booth.
Police said Phillips registered a 0.16 percent blood alcohol level on a portable Breathalyzer test at 11:45 p.m. at 49 W. Maryland St.
Phillips told officers he had “a couple glasses of wine” at an off-track betting parlor.
Police said he ran his 2010 Cadillac SUV into a pole next to a pay booth, tried to correct his path and ran into the unattended booth. The SUV had fresh yellow paint on the front driver’s side and white paint on the front driver’s side.
An attendant in another booth said she saw the accident.
An Indianapolis Metro Police Officer wrote in his report that Phillips failed field sobriety and initially refused to take a Breathalyzer test but later agreed after being taken to Wishard Memorial Hospital.
Phillips was charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated.
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.
Phillips was speaker on even-numbered days and Mannweiler on odd-numbered days.
Phillips, a lawyer who lives and works in Boonville could not be reached for comment.