The State Attorney’s office announced Mayor Craig Lowe accepted a deferred prosecution agreement, settling charges from Lowe’s arrest in the early morning hours March 21.
The Mayor’s office released a statement, saying: “As I've previously stated, I accept full responsibility for my actions in driving after having consumed alcohol on March 21. I would like to repeat my apology to my supporters, friends, and the people of Gainesville for the harm that I have caused. No specific detail or details of Thursday's events excuses my poor judgment or changes the fact that I made a very bad decision.”
Lowe’s statement further said, “Having accepted the sanctions of this program and full responsibility for my actions, I now turn my focus to my duties as mayor and as a candidate for re-election.”
Lowe is in a runoff election for mayor April 16th against former city councilman Ed Braddy.
Lowe will be able to participate in an 18-month invention program offered to DUI first-offenders with no serious prior offenses. The agreement requires that Lowe have his driving license suspended for 14 days, not violate any laws, complete DUI school, perform 50 hours of community service, pay $100 court costs plus $500 to CDC Family & Behavioral Health Services, and receive an alcohol and substance abuse evaluation. Lowe will enter a plea to a lesser offense of reckless driving.