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Tuesday
Aug302011

Obama‚Äôs Half-Uncle Arrested for DUI; Asks to Call White House

Digital Vision/Thinkstock(FRAMINGHAM, Mass.) -- Police in Framingham, Massachusetts say President Obama’s half-uncle was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving last week and expressed a desire to “call the White House” to arrange bail, the Boston Globe reports.

According to a police report, when officers asked 67-year-old Onyango Obama if he wanted to make a phone call to arrange bail, he replied, “I think I will call the White House.”

Onyango Obama is originally from Kenya and is the half-brother of the president’s late father.

Authorities say Onyango Obama was pulled over after he cut off a police cruiser and another vehicle.  He failed three field sobriety tests and was booked Thursday on DUI, failure to yield at an intersection and negligent operation.

The report says a judge ordered Onyango Obama released on his own recognizance, but he ended up being held without bail on a detainer from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.  Mike Rogers, a spokesman for Cleveland immigration attorney Margaret Wong, says Wong is representing Onyango Obama in a deportation hearing.

No word if Uncle Onyango ever contacted the White House.  An administration spokesman referred all requests for comments on the matter to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

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