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Atlanta council member Cleta Winslow to address DUI charge

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Atlanta City Councilwoman Cleta Winslow is planning to make a statement at her lawyer's office Thursday regarding her arrest on multiple charges, including DUI.

An Atlanta police officer stopped Winslow, who represents District 4, around 11:15 p.m. Tuesday in the area of Oglethorpe Avenue and Peeples Street in southwest Atlanta.

When the officer spoke with Winslow, he noticed signs of impairment, police said.

The officer said Winslow admitted to having a few drinks, but refused a sobriety test.

Winslow was arrested and charged with DUI Less Safe, driving on the wrong side of the road, failure to stop at a stop sign, reckless driving and a red light violation.

Winslow bonded out of the Atlanta Detention Center at 3:22 a.m. Wednesday.

"I'm going to reserve judgment," said Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed. "I'm glad that no one was hurt and that she's safe." 

However, Torry Lewis, who is vying for Winslow's seat in the city's Nov. 5 election, released the following statement:

"I am deeply disappointed in our current councilwoman and her actions, but this further echoes the need for new leadership. Overall, this will not distract the campaign from our message; the people in my district need someone who is able to focus on our needs of infrastructure, improve the safety of our neighborhoods, and bring jobs and businesses to our community. A councilperson must be able to make sound judgments for the community's sake and that starts with making good personal judgments."

Some people who live in Winslow's district were surprised when they found out about her arrest.

"I'm very shocked. I didn't see that coming," said Keith Carter. "We're all prone to make a mistake. Hopefully, people can forgive her and she can continue to do the good things that she is doing."

"It was shocking. It hurt so much because she has done so much for us," said Nick Caliendo.

Winslow declined CBS Atlanta's interview request. Her attorney said she will talk about the charges on Thursday.

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