Councilman a no-show at meeting after felony DUI arrest

Published: Mar. 2, 2016 at 4:14 AM EST|Updated: Mar. 12, 2016 at 4:14 AM EST
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RICHLAND COUNTY, SC (WIS) - Tuesday night's Richland County Council meeting was the first one since the arrest of Councilman Kelvin Washington on a felony DUI charge.

Washington did not attend Tuesday's meeting. In light of his legal problems, at least one council member expressed concerns about whether Washington can be effective representing his constituents.

After Washington crashed Saturday night, two people were taken to the hospital. The incident report says the Highway Patrol trooper who responded smelled a strong odor of alcohol on Washington and in his car. Council members opened their meeting by praying for the victims.

"We're deeply concerned about the victims involved in this process, involved in this crash, and we're just waiting for our law enforcement agencies to do what they're responsible for doing," said Council Chairman Torrey Rush.

If convicted, Washington faces a $5,100 fine and up to 15 years in prison.

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