Obama's uncle held for 'drink driving'

Jonathan Gray

US President Barack Obama's uncle was stopped on suspicion of drink driving, told police he planned to arrange bail through the White House and is now being held on an immigration alert.

Onyango Obama (67) was arrested in Framingham, about 20 miles west of Boston, Massachusetts, after police said he made a rolling stop and nearly caused one of their cruisers to strike his sport utility vehicle.

Police said that after being booked at the police station, Mr 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 Mr Obama, originally from Kenya and the half-brother of the president's late father, pleaded not guilty last Friday and was being held without bail by US Immigration.

His immigration status could not immediately be confirmed.