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Gainesville Mayor Craig Lowe arrested for DUI

4:15 PM, Mar 21, 2013   |    comments
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The Florida Highway Patrol responded to a single vehicle crash early Thursday morning.

The driver of a silver Honda Civic involved in the crash was identified as Stuart Craig Lowe, according to a report from the FHP. Lowe is currently the Mayor of Gainesville.

The Civic was described in the report to have major damage to the front of the car with all of the tires deflated.

Lowe allegedly struck a ditch and an FDOT sign on the shoulder of Northeast 21st Street in Gainesville, before coming to a stop where FHP officers found him, according to the report.

The report states Lowe was observed by officers to have bloodshot eyes and smelled strongly of alcohol.

Lowe allegedly failed a field sobriety test and was taken to the Alachua County Jail, according to the report.

The Gainesville Sun reports that Lowe was released from jail on his own recognizance Thursday afternoon.

Lowe is facing charges of driving under the influence and property damage.

The City of Gainesville released the following statement Thursday morning:

"The City of Gainesville is aware of media reports regarding the Florida Highway Patrol investigation of the single vehicle accident involving Gainesville Mayor Craig Lowe. The immediate concern is the mayor's well-being. We are continuing to monitor events and will have no further comment on the circumstances related to the incident or the incident itself until the Florida Highway Patrol completes its investigation and official report."

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