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Councilman arrested for DUI (Update: Statement released)


Montgomery Police officers arrested District 5 City Councilman "C.C." Calhoun for driving under the influence Friday morning at 1:00.

Police say patrol officers watched Calhoun's vehicle run a red light. Then they pulled him over.

"I just saw it on my Facebook," says District 5 resident Wanda Johnson.

Some say it's a shock.

"Just like a 'wooo' when I read it," adds Johnson.

Others don't.

"They all drink. It's the just the point of am I going to get caught this day or not," says Montgomery resident Renee Bean.

Police arrested the councilman for driving under the influence about 1:00 am.

Authorities tell us he was driving on the East Boulevard when they stopped him near Woodley Road for a traffic violation.

Officers say they smelled alcohol - conducted a field sobriety test - and took Calhoun to jail.

If that weren't enough, Calhoun's son--Cornelius Calhoun, Jr.--was also arrested on a harassment charge after arriving at the MPD headquarters an hour and a half later.

The younger Calhoun is a sheriff's deputy in Macon County - and according to Sheriff David Warren - Calhoun is now on administrative leave.

WSFA 12 News reached out to Mayor Todd Strange, council President Charles Jinright, and C.C. Calhoun, himself, for a comment.

While our phone calls have not been returned, residents say if the men were in the wrong?

"Do the correct steps, follow the action of what he needs to do to correct it and then he needs to come out and testify about it," says Bean.

"I just don't want to judge. I don't like to judge.  I don't know the whole story, but I'll be praying for him," adds Johnson.



Calhoun released the following statement through his attorney Saturday morning:

Statement of Councilman Cornelius "C.C." Calhoun

Re: February 3, 2012 Arrest

First and foremost, I want to thank the Montgomery Police Department for the professionalism involving my traffic stop this morning. I respect the law and I am satisfied that this matter will continue to be handled professionally going forward and will proceed for me in the same matter as any citizen.

I would also like to thank all of my supporters and the citizens of District Five who have expressed support for my family and me at this time. I consider it an honor to serve on the City Council of this great city and sincerely apologize for any action on my part that in anyway distracts from all the hard work and progress so many people have worked so hard to make a reality.

Additionally, I look forward to having this matter finally resolved in the best interest of my family, supporters and the citizens of the City of Montgomery.

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