Richmond city council member arrested for DUI

By Laura Geller - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (NBC12) - A city councilman is in hot water after Richmond police arrest him for DUI.

It's a story that was first reported on

Fifth district representative Marty Jewell posted bail Saturday morning and now awaits a court hearing.

Police arrested Jewell for allegedly driving under the influence near Byrd Park-- close to his central district home.

At this point though, police are not releasing many details, including just how intoxicated their tests show Jewell was at the time.

Just after 1:30 Saturday morning Richmond officers took Councilman Marty Jewell to lock-up after charging him with DUI.

We're told Jewell wasn't in custody for very long and posted the $500 bail.

We went to the city official's home to get his side of the story.

Jewell didn't want to go on camera but released a short statement Saturday evening:

"On advice of counsel, I won't be saying anything more until Monday. I look forward to all the facts being made public."

Meanwhile, we also worked to get information from Richmond Police.

After our requests the department did release some information about the incident, however that document is quite brief with only one paragraph referencing Councilman Jewell.

In fact, officials will not tell us an exact location where officers pulled over Jewell only saying it was near Byrd Park which could cover a couple miles of road.

Police say because this case will be heard in court, no details related to this incident will be disseminated to the media.

Jewell was elected to City Council back in 2004.

Bruce Tyler has been a colleague there for the last three years.

"First of all I appreciate the police doing their job," he said. "I think it's important for all of us to follow the law, even council members and other elected officials. We're all human here, let's be honest about it, I just hope we can work with Mr. Jewell and get him going in the right direction when it comes to driving."

Jewell will be in court Monday morning for his arraignment.

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