YORK COUNTY, S.C. -- A York County Councilman was arrested for drinking and driving after being caught on dash cam weaving on the road. Now he's speaking out and apologizing for his actions.

York County Councilman Eric Winstead says he made a huge mistake.

There is no excuse. I had a couple of drinks, he said.

Dash cam video shows a York County Sheriff's deputy following Winstead's car and swerving from lane to lane.

Once he was stopped, they say he failed a field sobriety test and then blew over the legal limit, at .10 and was charged with driving under the influence and open container.

Winstead says his main concern right now is the toll this has taken on his wife and two daughters.

They're hurting and they're disappointed, they're very disappointed in me and that hurts me more than anything else, says Winstead.

In addition to serving as vice chairman for the council, Winstead works as a chaplain for Hospice Care of South Carolina.

Winstead says he was driving on Chester Highway on his way home a hospice work function. He had some open bottles of Crown Royal in his car which he says he had been drinking before he was stopped.

Winstead says after losing his father last year he's struggled to cope.

I am a hospice chaplain and I deal everyday with that, with other people the one thing I have truly learned from this is you cannot counsel yourself, says Winstead.

He says he now he plans to seek counsel for his issues but he says it won't stop him from owning up to what he did.

The person that I am, the values that I hold haven't changed, I am a human being and I make mistakes, says Winstead.

Winstead, a Republican represents District 3, which covers Western York County. He says so far he hasn't made any decisions on how, if at all, this will affect his position.

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