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Obama's uncle arrested for drunken driving

Press Trust of India  |  Boston 

US President Barack Obama's uncle has been arrested on suspicion of drunken driving after the 67-year-old with "red and glassy" eyes failed three field sobriety tests.

Onyango Obama said he would call the White House to arrange bail, after being stopped by Framingham police in the US state of Massachusetts, says a police report.

"I think I will call the White House," he said.

Onyango Obama is from Kenya and is the half-brother of the president's late father, according to a spokesman for the law firm representing him. He is currently in the custody of immigration officials, awaiting possible deportation to Kenya.

A White House spokesman referred all requests for comment to US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The ICE press office said the agency does not comment on specific cases.

Onyango Obama, who lives in Framingham, was stopped by police outside the Chicken Bone Saloon on August 24 evening, Boston Globe reported.

According to the police report, Obama was driving on South Street, just in front of a police cruiser, when he made a sharp turn, causing the officer and another driver behind to jam on their brakes.

When the officer approached the vehicle, Obama, who "spoke English well, albeit with a moderate accent," appeared to have slurred speech, according to the report by Officer Val J. Krishtal.

Obama first told the officer he had not had anything to drink, then admitted to one beer, and then to two beers, according to the report, which described his eyes as "red and glassy."

When the officer attempted to administer a field sobriety test, Obama kept starting the test too early and talking over the officer's instructions, the report said.

After failing three field sobriety tests, Obama was arrested on a drunken-driving charges and booked without incident, the police report said.

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First Published: Tue, August 30 2011. 18:27 IST