Waxhaw commissioners ask mayor to resign after DWI arrest

Waxhaw commissioners ask mayor to resign after DWI arrest

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by AMY COWMAN / NBC Charlotte

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WCNC.com

Posted on June 20, 2013 at 4:54 PM

Updated Thursday, Jan 2 at 8:00 PM

WAXHAW, N.C. -- The town of Waxhaw is calling upon its mayor to resign after she was arrested for the second time on DWI charges. The first time was in 2008, and most recently Mayor Daune Gardner was stopped two weeks ago in Waxhaw for driving erratically.

"She has become a liability to the town of Waxhaw in my opinion and we can't tolerate it anymore," said Waxhaw Commissioner Joyce Blythe.

Blythe, along with Commissioner Brett Diller, say enough is enough.
 
"I think it would be best for the town, the town people, the board, everyone involved if she would resign," said Commissioner Diller.
 
Mayor Gardner was arrested for the second time on DWI charges on June 10. Officers reported she was driving erratically and speeding at 12:30 in the morning, and blew .18, more than two times the legal limit.
 
"This has happened before, and she was warned before, and she hasn’t heeded those warnings," said Bylthe.
 
Mayor Gardner was not convicted for her 2008 charges.
 
“I feel like the first time, as a board, we kind of looked the other way and sort of let it slide, and there's a point that you can't keep looking the other way," said Blythe.
 
Around town, people say they liked what she did as a mayor, but this is not acceptable.
 
"I think everybody deserves a second chance but now there's been a second chance, and so it's a little scary to think your leaders are out there being irresponsible," said Waxhaw resident Pam Pierce.
 
"I just think that as an elected official, she should hold herself to a higher standard," said Waxhaw resident Christina Johnson.
 
The commission says they are working on a possible censure, but this time that's not enough.
 
"It would be hard just to give her slap on the wrist and move forward, and not have this hanging over as a dark cloud over the town," said Diller.
 
We reached out to Mayor Gardner and did not hear back. No word on if she does plan to resign.

Gardner has not been convicted of DWI.

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