Atlanta councilwoman Winslow arrested on DUI charges

1:29 PM, May 8, 2013   |    comments
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Atlanta city councilwoman Cleta Winslow was arrested on May 7, 2013 on DUI charges in SW Atlanta

ATLANTA -- Atlanta City Councilwoman Cleta Winslow (District 4) was arrested Tuesday night on DUI charges in southwest Atlanta.

Atlanta Police Officer Kim Jones said in a statement that Winslow's gray Honda Accord was pulled over near the intersection of Oglethorpe Avenue and Peeples Street SW at about 11:15 p.m. Tuesday after an officer saw the driver commit multiple traffic violations.

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Winslow, who officers said showed signs of impairment, told officers she'd had a few drinks. She refused to take a field sobriety test.

Officers arrested Winslow, charging her with driving on the wrong side of the road, DUI, failure to stop for stop sign, reckless driving and a red light violation.

Her car was taken from the scene by a friend with Winslow's permission. Officers took Winslow to City of Atlanta Pre-Trial Detention.

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed's office released a statement Wednesday morning: "I appreciate Councilwoman Cleta Winslow's long service to the City of Atlanta and her dedication to her constituents, and will reserve further comment as the judicial process runs its course."

Atlanta City Council President Ceasar Mitchell released a statement Wednesday afternoon in connection with Winslow's arrest: "I am aware that Councilwoman Cleta Winslow was arrested by Atlanta Police on suspicion of DUI on the evening of May 7. This is a personal matter for Councilwoman Winslow, and the most prudent thing to do at this time is to allow the judicial process to take its proper course. My thoughts and prayers are with the Councilwoman and her family."

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