Town Councilman Lee Storrow was charged early Wednesday with driving while impaired and speeding, according to Chapel Hill police.
Storrow, 26, of 208 Barclay Road in Chapel Hill, was charged and released on a written promise to appear in court, the report stated. His car was left at the scene, it stated.
The first-term council member, who is running for re-election in this year’s Town Council race, released a statement Wednesday.
“I’m deeply sorry for my actions,” Storrow said. “I let myself, my supporters, and my community down. This has brought into clear focus that I’m not only an elected official but a role model, and I take that responsibility more seriously now. I’m committed to making better decisions going forward.”
An officer reported stopping Storrow’s 2012 Toyota Prius for speeding at 1:15 a.m. near the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Municipal Drive, according to a police report.
Storrow was driving 63 mph at the time, police spokesman Lt. Josh Mecimore said, and was headed south on MLK Boulevard from Homestead Road. The speed limit in that area is 35 mph.
Storrow submitted to a Breathalyzer test, registering a 0.16 blood alcohol content – twice the state’s legal limit for impaired driving, the report stated. His first appearance in District Court on the misdemeanor charges will be Sept. 3 in Hillsborough.
Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt said he spoke with Storrow after hearing the news but not other council members. He declined to make an official statement.
“The words need to come from (Storrow) right now,” he said.