California mayor arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence

A mayor in Northern California has been arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and possession of a controlled substance, prison registration records show.

Arcata Mayor Brett Watson was arrested late Sunday night by California Highway Patrol. He was booked into Humboldt County Jail on suspicion of driving under the influence, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug equipment. He did not disclose the type of controlled substance he allegedly possessed, though a CHP press release claims he was in possession of a “small amount of illegal narcotics.”

The release says officers “conducted traffic control in the US-101 area northbound and Sunset Avenue when they observed a Lexus cross agent on a rocket model set up for the regulation of traffic.” CHP stopped the vehicle and questioned the driver, who showed “objective signs and symptoms of disability, as well as observed the dangerous driving behavior,” the release said.

During an investigation after his arrest, Watson was found to possess the narcotics, the CHP press statement stated.

Watson was released a few hours after arrest, records show.

Arcata City Manager Karen Diemer acknowledged Watson’s arrest there Times Creole, call it a “matter of public concern,” and note that it is “very personal to the mayor.”

“I trust the mayor will address constituent concerns shortly,” he added.

As there East Bay Times report, Watson recently voted against the Arcata City Council to take steps to decriminalize some psychedelic plants. He asked a city committee to offer more advice.

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