Medicine Hat Mayor Ted Clugston to plead guilty to drunk driving
'I'm not above the law,' says Clugston
The mayor of Medicine Hat released a statement today announcing he plans to plead guilty to impaired driving following his arrest last month.
Ted Clugston was stopped by Medicine Hat police after midnight on Friday, Feb. 13 while on his way home.
He was charged with impaired driving and exceeding .08 blood alcohol level.
Clugston wrote today that he is "human and exercised very poor judgment."
The police chief said Clugston was cooperative throughout the investigation.
In his statement, the mayor says he plans to continue attending functions and public events and asked that his family's privacy be respected.
He was elected mayor of Medicine Hat in October, 2013.
Medicine Hat's media spokesperson says nobody from the city will comment on the issue.
I would like to apologize to the citizens of Medicine Hat. This morning I agreed to plead guilty to the charge of impaired driving. I am human and exercised very poor judgment for which I must take responsibility. I am not above the law.
This plea goes against the advice of my lawyer. My legal counsel is convinced I have a good chance of acquittal; however, in order to save the two things I love most, my family and this city the embarrassment and humiliation of a public trial, I have made this difficult decision.
I will take time to reflect and learn from this in the coming months and years. Hopefully some good can come of this.
Since this incident occurred I have continued to work and attend all public events and functions where possible and I intend to continue to do so.
Thank you for your patience and understanding. I only ask that you respect my family’s privacy at this time.