DANVILLE — An alderman is admitting that he had been drinking before he drove home from a party early Sunday morning, but denies that he was drunk.
According to police records, Alderman Mike Puhr was booked at 2:08 a.m. Sunday at the Vermilion County Jail for driving under the influence. He paid $100 to bond out.
Puhr said Tuesday night after the Danville City Council meeting that he had been drinking before he drove home early Sunday morning from a Halloween party. But the long-time Ward 5 alderman said he does not believe he was drunk.
Puhr said as he was driving home, he dropped a cigarette and reached down to get it and swerved as he turned a corner at Logan Avenue and Williams Street. He said he immediately saw the lights of the police car behind him. Puhr said he went through the field sobriety test but refused the Breathalyzer when he was being booked at the public safety building.
"Hopefully it will be dismissed," he said of the charge.
Puhr said it will have no impact on his role as a city alderman.
Mayor Scott Eisenhauer said after Tuesday night's city council meeting that this does not in any way affect Puhr's performance as an alderman.