ANTIOCH — Mayor Lamar Thorpe admitted Saturday that he was cited by authorities earlier within the morning for driving inebriated.
In a virtually minute-long video posted to social media, Thorpe apologized to Antioch residents and promised to “develop and study” from the incident.
“Final evening, after having dinner with a good friend, I used to be pulled over by a California Freeway Patroller and cited for driving underneath the affect,” Thorpe mentioned within the video. “For that, I take full duty.”
Thorpe was pulled over at about 1:15 a.m. whereas driving a grey Volvo northbound on Interstate 680, close to the Monument Boulevard exit in Nice Hill, in keeping with the California Freeway Patrol. Officers performed a DUI investigation earlier than inserting Thorpe underneath arrest.
“Though I by no means felt inhibited by the drink I had with my dinner, I’m deeply sorry for the lapse in judgment and I hope you can forgive me,” Thorpe mentioned. “Being your mayor is likely one of the best honors of my life and I’m sorry if I’ve embarrassed you in any method.”
In an announcement, CHP Golden Gate Division identified Thorpe’s arrest wasn’t linked to a car crash that was underneath investigation in the identical space.
“He was cooperative with us all through the encounter,” CHP Golden Gate Division spokesman Andrew Barclay mentioned of Thorpe. A breathalyzer take a look at that Thorpe submitted to throughout his arrest revealed a blood alcohol content material larger than 0.08.
Thorpe mentioned within the video he would restrict his feedback on the recommendation of his authorized counsel, however he “felt it was essential to be open and direct with you.”
Reached by cellphone, Thorpe declined to take questions and directed this information group to the video he posted on Fb.
Thorpe was elected mayor in 2020 after serving as a metropolis councilman. He lately grew to become the topic of a recall effort by some Antioch residents over accusations that he violated open-meeting legal guidelines by blocking some constituents and never permitting dissenters to touch upon his Instagram.