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Former Shiawassee County Assistant Prosecutor Charged with Drunk Driving

LANSING - A former prosecutor in Shiawassee County now faces misdemeanors for arriving to work under the influence of alcohol and possession of two firearms while under the influence, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel announced today. 

This case came to the Michigan Department of Attorney General from a special prosecutor request out of Shiawassee County. 

At the beginning of August, then Assistant Prosecuting Attorney (APA) Christopher Brown arrived at his office nearly two hours after being due in court for a closing argument and admitted to being under the influence. Brown subsequently blew a .113 during a preliminary breath test (PBT) and later a blood draw indicated a blood alcohol concentration of .143 grams of alcohol per 100 milliliters of blood.  A subsequent search of his vehicle revealed he also had two loaded firearms with him.  

Brown is now charged in Shiawassee County's 66th District Court with the following: 

  • one count of operating under the influence of alcohol, a 93-day misdemeanor; and  
  • two counts of possession of a firearm by a person under the influence, also 93-day misdemeanors. 

The Department learned Brown waived his arraignment early Tuesday morning. The next appearance is an in-person pretrial hearing scheduled in front of Judge Ward L. Clarkson at 8:30 a.m. on Dec. 13. 

"Those who swear to uphold the law must also adhere to its principles," Nessel said. "My office stands ready to hold accountable anyone who fails to abide by their oath." 

Specifics on his employment should be directed to the Shiawassee County Prosecutor's Office. 


Please note:  A criminal charge is merely an allegation, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.  The Department does not provide booking photos.