Supervisor Martin pleads guilty to DUI

By WLOX Staff

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) – Harrison County Supervisor William Martin pleaded guilty Monday to Driving Under the Influence. Martin was arrested earlier this month and charged with DUI. He was set to have an initial court appearance Tuesday.

Martin spoke with WLOX News Monday and said he was trying to move on.

"Sometimes things happen that you don't want to happen," Martin told WLOX News Director Brad Kessie. "You learn from it and move forward, and that's what I'm trying to do."

The district four supervisor received a $1,000 fine. He must pay $700; the other $300 was suspended. His license is suspended, and can not be reinstated until he completes two classes. One of those will be a victim impact class.

Martin said he had a few drinks at a Gulfport bar, then drove home. 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.

William Martin has served as Harrison County's district four supervisor since 1999.

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