Laurel councilman apologizes for DUI arrest

Published 4:51 pm Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Laurel City Council member Tony Wheat has issued a statement apologizing and asking forgiveness after his weekend arrest for DUI.

Officers at the Laurel Police Department said Wheat was stopped Saturday around midnight and booked into jail on a charge of driving under the influence. Officers said Wheat, a council member since July 2005, was released on bond about 45 minutes later.

When reached Monday by the Laurel Leader-Call newspaper, Wheat issued a statement in which he apologized to local residents and other city officials.

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“I have turned to my faith, my family, and my friends for support and take full responsibility for my behavior. I am deeply sorry for my actions and also regret causing any embarrassment to those close to me and the citizens I represent.

“I will continue my service to the best of my ability. My character and integrity is steadfast, and with your forgiveness and understanding we can continue working together to make Laurel a better place to live,” Wheat said.