Town Councilman Lee Storrow pleaded guilty Thursday in Orange County District Court to a misdemeanor charge of driving while impaired.
Prosecutors have agreed to dismiss a second misdemeanor charge: speeding 63 mph in a 35 mph zone.
Storrow, 26, of 208 Barclay Road in Chapel Hill, will attend an alcohol assessment course, his attorney Bill Massengale told District Court Judge Lunsford Long. Long has scheduled a sentencing hearing for Nov. 17.
“I am so deeply sorry for my actions,” Storrow said after the hearing. “The last week has been a really deep one of reflection for me. I think this was one step of many that I have toward taking responsibility for my really, truly awful, wrong decision.”
The first-term councilman, who is seeking re-election this year, was charged Aug. 26.
Chapel Hill Police Officer J.P. Greenlee 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. Greenlee reported noticing that Storrow’s eyes were glassy and his speech was sloppy and slurred, officials said.
Storrow registered a blood alcohol level of 0.16 on a Breathalyzer test, Greenlee reported, which is twice the state’s legal limit for impaired driving. His driver’s license was immediately suspended for 30 days, officials said.
The judge could consider several factors during sentencing, including Storrow’s blood-alcohol level, his speeding, his previous driving record and his participation in the alcohol assessment.
Storrow has two prior speeding tickets, according to court records. The first was in 2010 when he was stopped for driving 70 mph in a 45 mph zone; he pleaded guilty to driving 54 mph in a 45 mph zone and was fined, records show.
The second charge was in 2012 when records show Storrow was accused of driving 55 mph in a 35 mph zone. He pleaded guilty to a lesser offense of having an improperly working speedometer and also paid a fine, records show.
While jail is possible for a first DWI offense, the judge also could require Storrow to perform community service, serve a term of probation and pay a fine of up to $200, plus court costs. His license could be suspended for a year but with limited privileges so he can drive to work.