Detroit mayor drives away from mansion on last day

DETROIT (AP) -- With a wave, Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick drove away from the Manoogian Mansion on his last day in office.

But it's not known if he and his family were on a casual drive Thursday morning or departing for good. Spokesman James Canning didn't have an immediate answer.

Detroit newspapers say Kilpatrick drove away from the mayor's official residence around 8:10 a.m. His wife, Carlita, was in the passenger seat of the black SUV.

Democratic City Council President Ken Cockrel Jr. becomes mayor after midnight. Kilpatrick, also a Democrat, agreed to leave office by Thursday when he pleaded guilty to two felonies on Sept. 4.

Canning says no public appearances by Kilpatrick are planned, but he may issue a final statement.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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