Lowe returns to City Hall, declines comment on DUI

Gainesville City Mayor Craig Lowe attends an agenda meeting on his first day back to work at Gainesville City Hall Tuesday. Lowe was recently arrested and charged with a DUI.

Doug Finger/The Gainesville Sun
Published: Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at 2:52 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at 3:01 p.m.

Returning to City Hall on Tuesday, Gainesville Mayor Craig Lowe declined to comment or answer questions about his arrest last week on charges of driving under the influence.

"That's a matter that's in the legal system, and I'm focused on my duties as mayor and on re-election," Lowe said on Monday.

At City Hall on Tuesday, Lowe again declined to discuss the arrest.

Tuesday morning, Lowe attended the agenda review meeting for the April 4 City Commission meeting.

Following his arrest early Thursday morning, Lowe missed that day's City Commission meeting. City departments normally are closed Fridays, and Lowe was out of the office again on Monday.

At approximately 2:20 a.m. Thursday, Lowe was involved in a one-vehicle crash near Northeast 21st Street and 156th Avenue. He performed poorly on field sobriety tests and was taken to the county jail, according to a Florida Highway Patrol report.

Approximately 2 hours after the crash, he submitted to a breath test at the jail and registered a blood-alcohol content of .061 and .069, according to the report.

Under state law, a driver with a blood-alcohol content of .08 or above is considered intoxicated.

On March 19, Lowe advanced to a runoff for mayor against former City Commissioner Ed Braddy.

During his second term on the commission, Braddy was arrested for DUI in January 2006. He later pleaded no contest.

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