Councilman Marc Whyte of District 10 Charged with DWI

Marc Whyte, a councilmember for District 10, objected to the Reproductive Justice Fund in the City Council Budget Work session which was held at the City Hall Council Briefing Room on the 12th of September 2023, in San Antonio. A parallel is drawn between a recent arrest of a council member from San Antonio and a similar occurrence in the same district a year earlier.

On the 29th of December, Marc Whyte, a councilman in District 10 was arrested by the San Antonio police after being found to show signs of intoxication while driving eastbound on the NE Loop 410 Access Road at approximately 11 p.m. He was subsequently charged with drunk driving and booked briefly in Bexar County Jail.

In a strike of deja vu, this incident occurred exactly one year and one day after the former councilman of District 10, Clayton Perry, was arrested on a Drunk While impaired (DWI) charge related to a supposed hit-and-run case. Perry chose not to stand for re-election and was succeeded by Whyte in the preceding election.

Whyte posted bail of $2,000 on the 30th of December and is due for arraignment on the 30th of January, 2024. Attempts to acquire additional information or comments from Whyte’s chief of staff and the San Antonio Police Department (SAPD) were unsuccessful.

Rewinding to a year ago, Perry was arrested on the 28th of December, 2022, for an event that took place on the 6th of November that year. Arrest papers and surveillance footage from that evening indicate that Perry had consumed 14 alcoholic drinks over a four-hour period prior to the alleged hit-and-run accident. The release of additional body cam footage by the SAPD reveals that Perry was discovered lying on his back in his backyard, exhibiting signs of heavy intoxication and bleeding from a cut on his head.

This story is still unfolding and will be updated as and when more information becomes available.

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