Obama's Uncle Free After Drunk-Driving Arrest

Onyango Obama (Google)
Onyango Obama (Google)

CNN is reporting that an uncle of President Barack Obama who was arrested last month for reportedly driving a vehicle under the influence of alcohol has been released from custody.


Onyango Obama was freed from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody on Thursday under an order of supervision and will be required to check in regularly with immigration authorities, the report says.

In a widely publicized incident, he was arrested in Framingham, Mass., on Aug. 24 after he failed a sobriety test.


In earlier reports, the Associated Press said that after being booked at the police station, Obama was asked whether he wanted to make a telephone call to arrange for bail. "I think I will call the White House," he stated, according to a police report filed in Framingham District Court.

Police said that Obama, who's originally from Kenya and is the half brother of the president's late father, pleaded not guilty and was held without bail on a detainer from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The 67-year-old was charged with operating under the influence of alcohol, negligent operation of a motor vehicle and failure to yield the right of way.

According to a federal law-enforcement source who spoke to CNN on the condition of not being identified, Obama was not legally in the United States and previously has been ordered removed from the country.


Read more at CNN and see earlier coverage at the Huffington Post.

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