LANCASTER (CBS 11 NEWS) – Lancaster Mayor Marcus Knight was in Grapevine when an officer pulled him over last month.
Some people went to Monday night’s city council meeting to call for him to resign.
Knight, 38, is the city’s first black mayor. He was elected four years ago.
He was arrested on a DWI charge on November 15 in Grapevine at 1:20 a.m. on the 1500 block of North State Highway 26.
In a written statement to the Focus Daily News, Knight admitted he’d been pulled over by police after a “function.”
He also said, “I want to thank my family, friends and constituents for their support and understanding. I am requesting that people respect the privacy of me and my family during this time.”
But citizens are allowed to speak publicly at city council meetings and they had a lot to say to the Mayor and the city council about the charge.
Stan Kirtley told Mayor Knight, he spent 43-years repairing wrecked cars. He knows the damage an irresponsible driver can do.
“Evidently, it wasn’t any question about how impaired you were. Now, I’m going to ask you, do the responsible thing…resign,” Kirtley said.
Those whose lives have been impacted by drunk drivers told Lancaster Mayor Knight and city council their own stories and asked the Mayor to step down.
Mark Gentry said, “My buddy was killed. Actually he was decapitated from the accident.”
Chris Collins said, “I was eleven years old and a drunk driver killed my family.”
But the Mayor also had supporters.
“One mistake should not ruin a man’s career,” Bob Borden said.
Former Lancaster Mayor, Margie Waldrop, also supports Knight.
“I think it’s important we consider all the many good things he’s done in life and ask ourselves how does this stack up?” she asked.
“The man is human. Let it go through the process. And Mister Knight, don’t dare resign,” Roosevelt Nickels said.
That did not convince James Adams. “If he had killed somebody the city would be responsible. So, this is bigger than, ‘Hey, he’s a nice guy. Let’s push it under the table. This is all about accountability and responsibility,” he said.
Adams like others in the room called Mothers Against Drunk Driving who encouraged them to speak at tonight public comment portion of the city council meeting.
But MADD also has its own opinion about the Mayor’s DWI charge.
Jeff Miracle, MADD North Texas Executive Director said, “If he’s found guilty of the crime, I think he should step down. Drunk driving is a dangerous dangerous crime.
This is the Mayor’s first offense. So, it’s a misdemeanor. But, he could face jail time and a big fine. And, because his BAC was over .15, he could be ordered to put a device on his vehicle to keep him from driving drunk.
No action taken on the matter at the city council meeting. And, the mayor did not speak on the advice of his attorney.
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