GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Mayor Craig Lowe entered a written plea of not guilty through his attorneys Thursday to the charge of driving under the influence and causing property damage.
Lowe was arrested March 21 after he crashed his car in northeast Alachua County, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
Lowe issued this statement a day after the crash: "After the events of the past 24 hours, I have determined that the best course of action, both as an elected official and personally, is to accept responsibility for my actions in getting behind the wheel of a vehicle after having consumed alcohol, regardless of blood alcohol level. I recognize that this is more than just a legal issue, but a personal one. I will accept the consequences of my actions and face the sanctions that are deemed appropriate by the State Attorney and/or the Court. I will submit to an alcohol abuse evaluation and abide by any recommendations necessary to assure both myself and the public that this type of conduct does not recur. Over the next few days and weeks, I will continue to perform my duties as Mayor and work hard as a candidate for re-election. I regret that my actions Thursday morning have disappointed so many friends, supporters, and citizens of Gainesville. I hope that in the future I will again prove worthy of the public's trust and confidence."
Lowe is scheduled to be in an Alachua County courtroom April 24.