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Flint investigator resigns after arrest for alleged drunk driving

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Steve Carmody
Michigan Radio
Ellis Stafford (far left) was arrested Saturday for allegedly driving drunk.

The Michigan attorney general's office says a member of its team investigating Flint's crisis with lead-tainted water has resigned after being arrested on suspicion of drunken driving.

The office of Attorney General Bill Schuette says Ellis Stafford was arrested Saturday night in Wayne County. In a statement, Schuette thanked Stafford for his efforts on the Flint water investigation and said he's praying for Ellis and his family.

A spokeswoman for Schuette said Monday morning that she doesn't know whether Stafford has a lawyer who could comment.

Schuette's office says the arrest was made in Canton Township, a Detroit suburb. Police there didn't immediately release information on the case.

Stafford, a Flint native, was deputy chief investigator on the Flint investigation. He's a former Michigan State Police inspector.

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