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Councilwoman Cleta Winslow Arrested on DUI Charges

The longtime councilwoman was seen driving erratically on Tuesday evening.


Longtime Councilwoman, Cleta Winslow, representing District 4 was arrested around 11 p.m. Tuesday evening after she was observed committing traffic violations.

According to APD Public Affairs, "On 5/7/13 at approximately 11:14 p. m., an Atlanta Police officer patrolling the area of Oglethorpe Ave. SW and Peeples St. SW., noticed a gray Honda Accord commit multiple traffic violations. The officer activated his blue lights to get the vehicle stopped."

An Atlanta Police spokesperson said that Winslow admitted to having a few drinks, but decided to refuse to take the breathalyzer test:

The Atlanta Police DUI Task Force was requested to respond to the location. Officer P. Meegan arrived on the scene and began to talk the driver (Cleta M. Winslow). Ms. Winslow admitted to having a few drinks, but refused to do any Field Sobriety test.

Officer Kim Jones told Cascade Patch, "Officer Meegan placed Ms. Winslow under arrest for DUI Less Safe and refusing the state administered breath test under implied consent."

Ms. Winslow was charged with Driving on wrong side of road, DUI Alcohol less safe, Failure to stop for stop sign,Reckless Driving and Red Light Violation.

The councilwoman's Atlanta City Council website has not mentioned the charges as yet.  In the past, Cleta Winslow has garnered praise for her efforts to revitalize the historic neighborhoods that comprise District 4.  She has been a leader within the West End community for years, and has helped lead the revitalization of the community.

CBS Atlanta quoted Mayor Kasim Reed as saying, "I'm going to withhold judgement.  I'm glad that no one was hurt and that she's safe."

City Council President, Ceasar Mitchell released the following statement.

I am aware that Councilwoman Cleta Winslow was arrested by Atlanta Police on suspicion of DUI on the evening of May 7.  This is a personal matter for Councilwoman Winslow, and the most prudent thing to do at this time is to allow the judicial process to take its proper course. My thoughts and prayers are with the Councilwoman and her family. – City Council President Ceasar C. Mitchell

Cleta Winslow is up for re-election this year and so far has one competitor.  Torry Lewis of southwest Atlanta released the following statement to CBS Atlanta, as well.

"I am deeply disappointed in our current councilwoman and her actions, but this further echoes the need for new leadership. Overall, this will not distract the campaign from our message; the people in my district need someone who is able to focus on our needs of infrastructure, improve the safety of our neighborhoods, and bring jobs and businesses to our community."

Lewis goes further in saying that, "a councilperson must be able to make sound judgments for the community's sake and that starts with making good personal judgments."

Do you think this DUI will keep Ms. Winslow from serving another term, tell us your thoughts in the comments section.

David Earl May 08, 2013 at 03:41 PM
We all make mistakes but this was a very very dangerous one indeed.. I think she will need to go through whatever means of the law that all go through and to get any help deemed fit for her situation. After she shows(like we all must do) that she can be trusted not to drive under the influence again,then she should be able to work her way back into our good graces.. Just like others,she needs to be prayed for and helped out in any way to get her back on track. I think she is a very outstanding councilwoman and I will continue to support her.. David Earl Southwest Atlanta
Marvin May 08, 2013 at 07:50 PM
I'm confident the the next election will prove how much she is loved and respected in her district. Keep your head up Cleta and stay strong. You are not the 1st and will not be the last to use poor judgement. Learn from it and move on.
Alice May 08, 2013 at 08:27 PM
No, her misfortunates does not embarked on her character. The World we live in must be able to separate r personal lives from worklife. We all error, but the success remains how well we get up and wipe ourselves off and comeback. Her professional ability does not effect what has happen. We all make mistakes. Sge us ab iytstabdubg ciybcukwinab and I will continure to support her during this time and during her election.
HamBurger May 09, 2013 at 02:49 AM
Hey! I understand the Mayor of Brookhaven had the same problem a few years back. Please pass the yellow mustard!
Eliz Squaw Warren May 09, 2013 at 01:12 PM
for someone as astoundingly arrogant and entitled as Cleta, this is a setback
Boy Brown May 09, 2013 at 06:13 PM
Officer: "Ms. Winslow, I'm going to need you to stand up straight and put your arms out straight. Now look towards me and bring your hands towards your mustache"
Jaffarrrr May 12, 2013 at 02:37 PM
she looks drunk as a Boiled Owl in her mugshot; Guilty
pat thomas May 13, 2013 at 09:00 PM
The mustache comment was irrelevant and extremely petty.
Kwanza Fisher June 14, 2013 at 08:38 PM
I do not know Cleta very well. Even though given the opportunity, we never connected (she expressed interest in helping me with a community education event during a brief first encounter, but that never materialized). and I am curious, given the changing demographic, whether or not her message may resound with the rest of the community. What is her message? I do not know her very well, but I know that she has held her seat for 20 years. I believe in new blood, so I think that the community should be open to new ideas and contenders. No disrespect to her and her service over the past 20 years. Maybe it's time to consider someone else.

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