Baldwin County Commissioner Chris Elliott, 35, was arrested by Fairhope police for driving under the influence of alcohol early Saturday morning.
Elliott released a statement on Monday morning addressing the arrest:
“After leaving the Fairhope Rotary Steak Cook-off on Friday evening, I inadvertently ran a flashing red traffic light near the event in downtown Fairhope. I was quickly stopped by Fairhope police and issued a citation for running a flashing red signal. Since alcohol was served at the event, I was also questioned about drinking while at the Steak Cook-off. On the advice of counsel, I declined the breathalyzer requested which automatically resulted in the issuance of a citation for driving under the influence of alcohol.
“There are consequences for my decisions and I will face these consequences. I apologize for my actions and regret any embarrassment that this may cause the County that I serve, the law enforcement officers that keep us safe and my family that I love dearly. Since this is an ongoing personal legal matter, this will be the extent of my comments on the subject.”
Fairhope Police also confirmed the arrest. According to a statement from the department, Elliott, 35, was arrested at 12:04 a.m. on Saturday and charged with DUI. The arrest occurred near the intersection of Fairhope Avenue at Fairwood Boulevard. According to the arrest report, Elliott faces a July 6 court date for the charge.
Elliott represents District 2 on the commission, which covers Fairhope, Daphne and Spanish Fort and Belforest, Historic Marlow, Fish River, Barnwell, Battles Wharf, Point Clear and Montrose communities. He confirmed the arrest in a text message to Lagniappe on Monday.