Former Greensboro councilman Matheny charged with DWI

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Zack Matheny

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Former Greensboro councilman Zack Matheny was charged with driving while impaired early Friday morning, said Susan Danielsen, public information officer with the Greensboro Police Department.

Authorities confirmed that 42-year-old Matheny, president of Downtown Greensboro Inc. (DGI),  was charged with DWI when a police officer found him asleep with his head on the steering wheel of a black Land Rover.

The vehicle was parked and running in the parking lot of the former Harris Teeter on North Church Street and East Cone Boulevard in Greensboro at 3:40 a.m. Friday morning, Danielsen said.

He was given a field sobriety test and failed, blowing over the legal limit.

Matheny became DGI President early this summer after announcing his resignation from Greensboro City CouncilJustin Outling was selected to replace Matheny.

Matheny served on city council with Greensboro Mayor Nancy Vaughan, who is listed as a member ex officio of the DGI board. The mayor said Matheny made no excuses and apologized.

“Zack Matheny called me this morning and told me what happened. He took complete responsibility,” Vaughan said. “I think we’re going to be able to find a way to move ahead.”

Vaughan said Matheny told her he was driving and realized he’d had too much to drink and had intended to call an uber.

Vaughan said a lot of people get pulled over and make excuses and deny what happened, so she is pleased he was direct, remorseful and took responsibility.