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Asheville City Councilman Cecil Bothwell

Asheville City Councilman Cecil Bothwell

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — Some North Carolina residents are calling for Asheville City Councilman Cecil Bothwell to resign after he was arrested earlier this week for driving while impaired.

Bothwell told WLOS-TV he made a “stupid decision” and now he’ll have to live with the consequences.

Officials said highway patrol stopped Bothwell Thursday night on Interstate 240 because he was driving a car that had no plate.

Trooper S.K. Scharf said he noticed Bothwell had red glassy eyes and a strong odor of alcohol on his breath.

Bothwell admitted to drinking wine earlier and blew a .10 on a breathalyzer, above the .08 legal limit for driving, according to officials.

Bothwell’s driving license was suspended for 30 days. He’ll appear in court to answer the D.W.I. charge on August 4th.

The City Clerk sent WLOS Bothwell’s oath. It says, “I will support and maintain the Constitution and laws of the United States and laws of North Carolina.”  But responding to critics, Bothwell said by phone, “I was mistaken in assessing my condition and didn’t willfully violate the law.”

“As a political official you do expect them to be held to a higher standard,” said Asheville resident Ariana Davi.

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