Waxhaw Mayor Daune Gardner Pleads Guilty To DWI

Waxhaw Mayor Daune Gardner Pleads Guilty To DWI

daune gardnerDaune Gardner, Mayor of Waxhaw, North Carolina, plead guilty to driving while impaired (DWI) on January 21, 2014. After striking a plea deal, Gardner was sentenced to 12 months unsupervised probation, 30 day suspended sentence, a suspended driver’s license with limited driving privileges and 24 hours of community service. Even though Daune Gardner has plead guilty in the case, she has no plans of stepping down as the town’s mayor, even after two Waxhaw commissioners called for her resignation.

Gardner was arrested on June 10, 2014 after an officer witnessed her car crossing the center lane several times. In her report, Officer Kaitlin Robillard said, “The driver had moderate odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from her breath, had slurred speech and red glassy eyes“. Gardner was taken into custody briefly but released after signed a written promise to appear in court. On the day following her arrest, Daune Gardner appeared at a town meeting to apologize to her staff, board and community.

Although the breathalyzer test showing Gardner’s blood alcohol content (BAC) level to be .18%, it was deemed inadmissible by the judge. In a statement following the incident, Gardner promised to follow “proper legal process” and that “the system must be allowed to work for me just as it would for any one of you.”

If you have been arrested for driving drunk, contact an experienced and skilled North Carolina DWI attorney for legal assistance.

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