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Lawmaker dies of apparent suicide after second DUI arrest

A Michigan state representative was found dead in an apparent suicide Tuesday, just hours after he was released from jail after his second drunken driving arrest in less than two years, officials said.

Investigators from the Lansing Police Department were stationed outside a home owned by John Kivela — a 47-year-old Democrat from Marquette — one day after the third-term politician was arrested driving on US 127 after police received calls of someone driving erratically, the Detroit Free Press reports.

Clinton County Sheriff Lawrence Jerue declined to identify the driver and the man’s blood-alcohol content, but the newspaper later confirmed it was Kivela, who had previously acknowledged lifelong issues with alcoholism after his initial drunk driving arrest in 2015.

Jerue said the driver — whose BAC was high enough to justify a “super drunk charge,” which carries stiffer penalties — was scheduled to return for an arraignment on May 18.

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