ATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia state representative charged with speeding while driving under the influence with four juvenile passengers onboard says he made a serious mistake.
Dunwoody Republican Tom Taylor said in a statement Thursday he is taking the blame for his actions. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports (http://on-ajc.com/1Sij0HT) that Taylor had a blood-alcohol content of .225 when he was arrested in Rabun County on April 7.
A police report says Taylor was legally carrying a gun on his hip and had four juveniles in his SUV when an officer stopped him about 2:45 p.m. for driving 72 miles per hour in an area with a speed limit of 45.
The passengers were not identified in the report.
The arrest was first reported Thursday by The Clayton Tribune.
Taylor was elected in 2010. He has one primary challenger in May.
Taylor issued the following statement on April 14:
“I profoundly regret this serious mistake. There’s no one to blame but me, and I greatly appreciate the professionalism of the officers involved. This was my first run-in with the law in my life, and it will also be my last. With that in mind, I will demonstrate my remorse not just in words but in my actions. From my career in the Navy to my terms on [Dunwoody] City Council and in the General Assembly, I’ve dedicated my life to public service. This offense falls far short of the standards expected of someone who holds a position of public trust, and I will work every day to restore that trust as I continue to serve the people of my district.”