Kingston councilman arrested for DUI
by Matt Shinall
Mar 09, 2011 | 2636 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Kingston Councilman Elbert "Chuck" Wise Jr., was arrested Sunday morning and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, first offense, and open container.

Wise has served on the Kingston City Council since 2001. Wise did not attend Monday's work session but expressed his regret in an interview on Tuesday.

"I'd like to apologize to the people, the citizens of the town. I made a mistake and I just hope that they can forgive me for it and if not I'll do the right thing and step down," Wise said. "The citizens are my family and I just hope they can forgive me as being a person, not just a city council person. They put their trust in me and I'm just asking for forgiveness."

A Bartow County Sheriff's Deputy stopped to check a vehicle in the driveway of Glory Harvest Baptist Church on Highway 41 and according to reports, the truck had stopped against a retaining wall along the church driveway.

When approached, Wise was slumped over the steering wheel appearing to be asleep. The responding deputy reported smelling a strong odor of alcohol on Wise and in the vehicle.

When asked if he had been drinking, Wise responded affirmatively and was unable to correctly tell the deputy where he was or give the correct date.

"I'm deeply saddened by what I've done," Wise said. "I have embarrassed myself and my reputation and we live off our reputations. Like I said, I hope they can forgive me."

The Kingston City Council will hold their regular session Monday, 7 p.m. at city hall.