WAXHAW, N.C. -- The mayor of Waxhaw entered a guilty plea on the charge of driving under the influence.

Duane Gardner pleaded guilty Wednesday to level 5 DUI, the lowest-possible level. The Associated Press reports Gardner was placed on one year of unsupervised probation, had her driving privileges curtailed, and must perform 24 hours of community service.

The blood alcohol results were suppressed due to improper performance of the test.

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.

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.

This has happened before, and she was warned before, and she hasn t heeded those warnings, said Bylthe.

NBC Charlotte obtained the letter Gardner sent out to her friends and colleagues following her June arrest. The letter, dated June 24, reads as follows:

Dear friends,

As you may know, on 9 June I was accused of a traffic law violation. Those accusations are being addressed through our legal system as is done for any other citizen of our state and town.

Please remember that anyone is innocent until proven otherwise. I am and will follow proper, legal process. My lack of response until now is based upon advice most receive in this type of situation and has been intended to allow an objective and fair approach to the circumstances. The system must be allowed to work for me just as it would for any one of you.

It is within the scope of the responsibilities of the board of commissioners to explore any potential violation of the town s ethics policy. However, any findings, regardless of the situation, should be based on one s performance of official duties and not subjected to hearsay, rumors, innuendo, or libelous or slanderous statements.

I want to make it clear that I do not intend to leave the position that the citizens of Waxhaw elected me to fulfill. Rest assured that I will continue to perform my duties as your mayor with the same vigor, grace and poise as should be required of any elected official.

I would like to express my sincere thanks to those who have offered words of encouragement and support and who have spoken up on my behalf because they know my character, accomplishments and vision for the town of Waxhaw.

Daune Gardner

Mayor of Waxhaw, North Carolina

Read or Share this story: