Union Springs mayor reacts to DUI arrest

Union Springs Mayor John McGowan
Union Springs Mayor John McGowan

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UNION SPRINGS, AL (WSFA) - Mayor John McGowan held a news conference Monday afternoon to explain his side of the story surrounding a weekend DUI arrest.

McGowan, who read from a prepared statement, did not take report questions. He spoke briefly to residents and members of the media to explain the charges against him.

The Union Springs mayor denied any wrongdoing early Saturday morning when an officer in his own police department took him into custody.

The city's leader said he'd been called to a traffic stop by his step-daughter after she'd been pulled over. McGowan said that when he went to see what the situation was about the officer asked him to take a field sobriety test. While the mayor says he agreed to take the test, he strongly denies being under the influence of alcohol.

In addition to the DUI, McGowan also faces a charge of interfering with government operations, something else he strongly denies doing.

The mayor will face a judge on January 13, 2010.

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