Judge's order: no alcohol for Mayor Lowe


Published: Friday, March 22, 2013 at 1:32 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, March 22, 2013 at 1:32 p.m.

A judge ordered Gainesville Mayor Craig Lowe not to possess or consume any alcohol during the pendency of his DUI criminal case as a condition of his release from the Alachua County Jail on Thursday.

Lowe was charged with a DUI and careless driving after his vehicle crashed in the northeast part of the county around 2:20 a.m. Thursday morning, according to his Florida Highway Patrol arrest report. FHP reported that Lowe's silver 2005 Honda Civic had major damage to its front and that all the tires were deflated after the wreck.

Lowe was scheduled to make his first court appearance on Friday morning, but left the jail early after his defense attorney, John Kearns, reached an agreement with the State Attorney's Office for Lowe's release on his own recognizance. Judge David P. Kreider signed off on the order, including the provision against alcohol possession or consumption.

The mayor blew a .069 and .061 on his blood-alcohol level breath test about 4 hours after the accident, according to the FHP, which could mean his blood alcohol level was significantly higher at the time of the crash.

Lowe is scheduled to make his next court appearance on the 11th of April for his arraignment, where he will enter his plea to charges of DUI and careless driving.

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