‘Ashamed and disgusted’; Sunset Beach Mayor Pro tem reacts to DWI charge
SUNSET BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Sunset Beach Mayor Pro-tem Mark Benton was arrested Wednesday night and charged with driving while impaired.
“I am ashamed and disgusted and I’m hoping to be acquitted,” Benton said when WWAY reached him by phone.
According to the arrest report, someone called Sunset Beach Police to let them know Benton left a bar and got in his car on Wednesday night.
The report states the officer identified Benton’s car and followed him to observe his driving.
The officer wrote that Benton crossed the center line multiple times and “crosses into the opposite lane of travel in such a way, that half of his vehicle was in the on-coming traffic lane.”
The officer also reported that as he approached Benton’s car, he could smell alcohol, Benton’s eyes were red and he was slurring his words.
When Benton took a breathalyzer test, the reading was first .11 and .12 a few minutes later.
Benton also failed some field sobriety tests.
Benton told WWAY he will speak with his attorney later and provide another statement.