Clayton County Commissioner Wole Ralph (District 3) says that he is not guilty, and wants folks to keep an open mind about his recent arrest in Atlanta.
“I deeply regret this occurrence,” says Ralph via press release. “I am not guilty of these violations and I look forward to resolving this matter in court. I fully expect that I will be afforded the same due process as any other citizen and subsequently vindicated.”
Vice Chairman Ralph was recently arrested on charges of DUI, obstruction, reckless driving and failure to maintain lane. Atlanta police officers have challenged his claims of innocence, stating that he refused to cooperate, that they could smell alcohol on him, and he refused to take a field sobriety test according to the AJC.
Since being elected to office in 2004, Ralph has been nationally recognized for his leadership here and has received many awards as per the Clayton County website, including the Community Champion Award from Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD). Two of his fellow commissioners have issued a statement of support for their colleague.
For those looking for Ralph’s ouster from office as a result of these charges, that won’t happen according to the Clayton News-Daily. Since he has been charged with misdemeanors, “ . . . . state rules governing the removal of local officials do not apply,” and the Attorney General’s office will not get involved.
Stay tuned. Your thoughts?