The mayor of Indiana’s second-largest city apologized Sunday after an overnight arrest for drunken driving.
Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry and his wife, Cindy, were involved a crash, though no injuries were reported.
Hours after his release from the Allen County jail, Henry, 70, read a statement to reporters, apologizing “for the poor decision I made to get behind the wheel” after drinking alcohol at an event Saturday.
“Like every other resident of the city of Fort Wayne, I will be held accountable for those actions in future legal proceedings,” he said. “I respect the legal process. I will adhere to the legal process. And I will accept the consequences.”
Henry, a Democrat who was first elected in 2007, has said he plans to run again in 2023. Fort Wayne, population 265,000, is 120 miles northeast of Indianapolis.
Tom Didier, a Republican who plans to run for mayor, said he has known the Henry family for years.
“These relationships go beyond politics,” he said. “I would encourage everyone to pray for them and all those involved in this accident and I hope that no one was seriously harmed.”