Marty Jewell pleads no contest to DUI charges

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – An apology today from  Richmond city council member Marty Jewell for driving drunk through the city. Jewell pleaded no contest this morning to a DUI charge stemming from a traffic stop in October.

Fifth District Councilman Marty Jewell is used to speaking about the issues at city hall, but today his message to his district was an apology.

"I apologize to my fifth district constituents. I apologize to my community. I can say while mistakes are made, this one won't happen again," Marty Jewell said.

On Friday October 23 Jewell said he attended a house party with his son. Around 1:30 in the morning on Saturday, Jewell was followed by Richmond police across the Nickel Bridge. Officers eventually pulled him over in the Byrd Park area.

Jewell was headed home, but his blood alcohol level was .11, well over the legal limit of .08. He spent the night in lock up.

"I made a mistake. I should not have driven after drinking. It's a mistake. I own up to it. I plead no contest and take my medicine," he said.

Jewell was sentenced to 90 days in jail with all of it suspended if he stays out of trouble over the next three years.

He was also ordered to pay a $250 fine, and enroll in a state run alcohol education program. His license was suspended, but he is allowed to drive to and from city council meetings and functions. While leaving court he had one other message for the community.

"This is a real bad time, particularly with holiday season. I urge everybody to sort of take a lesson from my situation," said Jewell.

We checked the city charter and a misdemeanor conviction of this nature is not grounds for removal from office. Jewell has served the fifth district since 2004.

Also happening today, the case against Jewell's nephew is expected to go to a grand jury.

Jimar Jewell, 21, is accused of shooting a Virginia Union University student during a fight in August.  He's facing charges of malicious wounding and a fire arms offense.

Jimar Jewell is being held behind bars.  A judge revoked his $15,000 bond in September.

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