We caught up with Marty Jewell right before tonight's meeting; he declined to comment on the charge against him. At one point, the public comment period took on harsh tone.
"I hope all council members here tonight are sober because you can't make a wise decision when you are drunk."
Councilman Marty Jewell is charged with drinking and driving. He was arrested in Byrd Park overnight Saturday. A brief encounter with Jewell outside council chambers days later left us with many unanswered questions.
"Call my attorney," said Jewell.
Hours earlier Jewell was arraigned on the DUI charge at the John Marshall Courts Building.
"Obviously it's disappointing," said Richmond resident Sam Rugg.
But not distracting.
"We're all human we all make mistakes I'm not going to beat him up for making a mistake," said Rugg.
"I think that's his personal business as long as he does his job on city council that's his business he'll deal with it," said Nancy Reynolds, Richmond resident.
Fellow Councilman Bruce Tyler says the matter is between Jewell and the courts.
"This is a misdemeanor as I understand it and so it doesn't rise to the level of concern that would come from the city charter or Virginia code," said Tyler.
But Tyler expects more snide remarks in the weeks to come regarding Jewell's case.
"That comes with the territory. When you get into politics, people have the right to take pot shots at you," he said.
Jewell's attorney also declined to comment further on the case. A trial date is scheduled for December 7.