"[He] asked them was there anything he could do to help the situation. [The officer] advised him he needed to step back and get in his car and leave," says Union Springs Police Chief, Clarence Wheeler.
"He was trying to stop them from writing the citation," says Wheeler.
News of the arrest came as a shock to many.
"I'm sorry it happened. But I will support Mr. McGowan 100%," says Union Springs resident, Calvin Pruitt.
"He's in a position where he's supposed to be trying to lead others. And he's stepped in that crack, ya know, and he's going to have to get himself together," adds Wheeler.
But one city council member isn't surprised.
"I had seen it coming, and I was just praying that it wouldn't happen. And now it did happen, and it's just something that we're going to have to deal with," says Lewis E. Pugh.