Valdosta Councilman Arrested

Courtesy of Lowndes County Sheriff's Office
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By: Joe Hellriegel

February 13, 2014, 5:30pm

A Valdosta City Councilman is out on bond after he turned himself into police.

Valdosta Police say Councilman James Wright came to the Police Department Sunday morning and admitted he left his vehicle on Lee Street near Central Avenue around 2:30am.

According to police, Wright hit a utility pole and a street sign before leaving the vehicle.

Police say he admitted to drinking earlier in the night.

Major John Gayle released this statement today regarding Councilman Wright.

"I have requested to meet with Councilman Wright to discuss the recent incident in which he was involved. In my meeting, I will encourage him to make a statement to the press and the citizens of the community. Until that meeting is held, it would be premature for me to make a statement regarding the matter. I can say that the Valdosta Police Department handled the matter as they should have, and that Councilman Wright was treated in the same manner as any other citizen. He was appropriately charged, and his case will be adjudicated just like any other citizen's case would be."

Wright has been charged with Leaving The Scene Of An Accident, Failure To Maintain Lane, and Failure To Report Striking A Fixed Object.

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