Medicine Hat mayor changes to guilty plea for drunk driving

by Erika Tucker

The mayor of Medicine Hat, Alta. has changed his mind and pleaded guilty to last month's charge of impaired driving.

Mayor Ted Clugston apologized to citizens of the southeastern Alberta city in a statement Tuesday morning, and said his guilty plea goes against the advice of his lawyer.

"I am human and exercised very poor judgment for which I must take responsibility. I am not above the law," said the statement.

"My legal counsel is convinced I have a good chance of acquittal, however, in order to save the two things I love most, my family and this city the embarrassment and humiliation of a public trial, I have made this difficult decision."

Clugston said he has continued to work and attend public events and intends to "continue to do so" since the incident.

A trial date has been set for June 29.

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