Martin: "I shouldn't have been driving"

By WLOX Staff

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) – Harrison County Supervisor William Martin was arrested over the weekend and charged with driving under the influence. On Monday afternoon, Martin admitted to WLOX News that he made a mistake.

"I had a couple of drinks too many and shouldn't have been driving," he said in a phone conversation with WLOX News Director Brad Kessie.

The district four supervisor said he was watching the Saints game on Saturday night.  When it ended, Martin told WLOX News he went to a bar and had a few drinks.

When Martin left the bar, he got in his car and drove through west Gulfport.  When he reached 15th Street and Broad Avenue, Gulfport Police Chief Alan Weatherford said an officer pulled over Martin's vehicle.  A police report said the supervisor was initially stopped for running a stop sign, failure to use a turn signal, and speeding.  When the officer noticed alcohol on Martin's breath, he contacted Gulfport's DUI unit.

Weatherford said Martin was booked at the Gulfport Police Station and then released until his first court date.  According to the chief, the Harrison County Supervisor will make an initial appearance in city court on December 29.

"I shouldn't have been driving after I had been drinking," Martin told WLOX.  "I made a mistake.  I have to move on."

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