Charleston City Councilwoman Deborah Morinelli was arrested and charged with drunken driving on Friday afternoon in West Ashley after a single-car wreck on S.C. Highway 61.
Few details were available late Friday, but police said Morinelli, 54, was involved in a single-vehicle wreck about 1:30 p.m. on S.C. Highway 61 at Plainview Road.
Her vehicle went off the road and into a ditch, said Charles Francis, police public information officer. He said she was charged with driving under the influence and with having an open container.
She was taken to Medical University Hospital to be checked, but she was not injured, officials said.
Morinelli remained late Friday at the Charleston County Detention Center and is expected to have a bond hearing this morning.
The second-term councilwoman represents District 2, a large section of West Ashley bordered by Bees Ferry Road, Interstate 526, the Stono River and S.C. 61.
It is not known whether she plans to run for re-election in November, but she said in 2005 that she would serve only four more years.
Morinelli is a grass-roots community leader who began her political career as the president of her neighborhood association.
In her first term, she concentrated on transportation and traffic issues and was in the forefront of efforts to establish park-and-ride centers that would enable commuters to take the bus to work, thereby easing traffic in West Ashley.
Morinelli is the city's former mayor pro tem.