By Associated Press - Tuesday, January 5, 2016

FLINT, Mich. (AP) - A member of the Flint City Council whose car was found on the wrong side of a highway has been sent to jail for 28 days for impaired driving.

Eric Mays was convicted in November after representing himself. He’s a well-known activist in Flint, especially during the city’s water crisis.

Mays wanted to report to jail next week, but Judge Richard Ball ordered him to immediately start his sentence.

Police say Mays’ car was facing the wrong way on Interstate 475, just north of Flint, in November 2013. He acknowledged that he had been drinking but said prosecutors had no evidence about how the car got to the highway.

Mays claimed he was the victim of “trumped-up charges,” but the judge said he found no “political conspiracy.”

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