Mayor Billy Swails on councilman’s arrest ‘wait and see’

MOUNT PLEASANT — Town Council members held a full-day of committee meetings Monday, a day after news broke that Councilman John Burn was charged with DUI over the weekend.

Burn, 52, arrived at the town’s offices in time to chair council’s Recreation Committee, and he didn’t refer to the incident.

He later declined comment on his arrest, saying only, “I’m here to do Mount Pleasant’s work.”

Burn ran into the back of a car on Coleman Boulevard on Saturday night. When police arrived, Burn couldn’t walk straight or recite the alphabet, according to an incident report. He also tried to give the officer a Town Council card instead of a driver’s license for identification, the report said.

Mayor Billy Swails called Burn “an extremely hardworking businessman and Town Council member,” adding, “We need to allow this to go forward in the process that’s set for everybody, town officials and private citizens, alike.”

Swails said he wanted to see how the case played out. “I don’t want to comment too much on it with the town’s involvement,” he said.

Councilman Chris Nickels said his first hope is that the occupants of the car that was struck by Burn are doing OK. “I was sad to hear the news,” Nickels said.

Nickels also said he also would wait and see how the case plays out. “I think he’ll be treated just like me or you or anyone else,” he said.

Reach Robert Behre at 937-5771.

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