Mayor Dean Armstrong resigns after DUI arrest

The mayor of Helper, Utah, recently resigned from his office after his third drunk driving arrest. Mayor Dean Armstrong was previously arrested while in office after a minor 2011 crash in which no one was injured. The Salt Lake Tribune reports that the mayor blew a .169 after that arrest, which is more than twice of the legal blood alcohol limit of .08.

“I have determined that I can no longer adequately perform the duties of mayor,” Mayor Armstrong wrote in his resignation letter. “Instead, I will turn my focus toward taking care of my family, my health and my business.”

This arrest shows the serious implications that a drunk driving record can have for a person’s professional life. DUI arrests and convictions can create problems for many people, not just politicians. Many white collar workers face the revocation of their professional licenses after a DUI arrest, which is why it is important to hire a experienced criminal defense attorney in a DUI case.

Helper is a small town about 120 miles southeast of Salt Lake City. This is the first time in recent memory that a mayor has resigned.

After the mayor’s last DUI arrest he was required to wear an ankle monitor for 60 days and was put on a year of probation. The monitor was removed last fall.

Source: Salt Lake Tribune, “Helper mayor resigns following third DUI arrest,” Michael McFall, Feb. 23, 2013

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