Community college student Michael Trump is contesting a pair of criminal charges in court this week stemming from a late-summer arrest.
Trump, a student at the College of Marin — just north of San Francisco, Calif. — was arrested on Aug. 31 because he appeared to be wasted and passed out during a class, reports the Contra Costa Times.
The professor teaching the class contacted campus police after failing to wake the student up.
Campus cops inspected Trump’s backpack and found a bottle of Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum — a blend of Caribbean rums “infused with spices and other flavors including vanilla and cinnamon” that is a “bold” “delight.”
A subsequent blood-alcohol test showed that Trump’s reading was an impressive 0.23.
Trump’s attorney, Charles Dresow, argues that campus police did not have sufficient cause to order a blood-alcohol test because Trump was passed out in class with a bottle of Sailor Jerry in his backpack.
The judge overseeing the case rejected this argument.
“It should be a school discipline issue not a criminal issue,” Dresow told the Contra Costa Times after the evidentiary hearing. “It should be handled by the school without the necessity of a criminal prosecution.”
Trump, 25, is a former member of the College of Marin’s board of trustees and a student government member. He is majoring in biomedical engineering and wants to enroll in medical school eventually.
The criminal charges lodged against Trump are public intoxication and possessing an alcoholic beverage on school grounds.
He has pleaded not guilty and will seek a jury trial.