The mayor of Helper, Utah, recently resigned from his office after his third drunk driving arrest. Mayor Dean Armstrong was previously arrested while in office after a minor 2011 crash in which no one was injured. The Salt Lake Tribune reports that the mayor blew a .169 after that arrest, which is more than twice of the legal blood alcohol limit of .08.
“I have determined that I can no longer adequately perform the duties of mayor,” Mayor Armstrong wrote in his resignation letter. “Instead, I will turn my focus toward taking care of my family, my health and my business.”
This arrest shows the serious implications that a drunk driving record can have for a person’s professional life. DUI arrests and convictions can create problems for many people, not just politicians. Many white collar workers face the revocation of their professional licenses after a DUI arrest, which is why it is important to hire a experienced criminal defense attorney in a DUI case.
Helper is a small town about 120 miles southeast of Salt Lake City. This is the first time in recent memory that a mayor has resigned.
After the mayor’s last DUI arrest he was required to wear an ankle monitor for 60 days and was put on a year of probation. The monitor was removed last fall.
Source: Salt Lake Tribune, “Helper mayor resigns following third DUI arrest,” Michael McFall, Feb. 23, 2013