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Jonesboro City Councilman Hits Mailbox, Arrested for DUI

Jonesboro City Council member Joe Compton allegedly got pretty sloshed on Wednesday, according to CBS news.

So sloshed, that he reportedly took out a mailbox and blew a BAC that was nearly three times the legal limit. The councilman is now facing several charges, including DUI and leaving the scene of an accident.

Compton's neighbor, Debra Glavin, saw the councilman driving erratically before his arrest. "He was headed for the tree over there and I thought he was going to kill himself," Glavin said. "I saw him come around the curve and I thought, 'He is headed to the mailbox.' Sure enough, he went over the curve and hit the box."

Glavin said her husband went over to Glavin's house to talk to him about the trashed mailbox, but the Compton said he'd "take care of it tomorrow." Glavin's husband decided to call the police.

"He reeked and he was unsteady and falling over," Glavin said. Compton was later arrested and charged with DUI, failure to maintain lane, and leaving the scene of the accident.

According to the judge in Compton's case, the city councilman's blood alcohol content was .239 percent at the time of the accident. That's nearly three times the legal limit of .08 percent. If Compton is convicted of DUI for the first time, he could face a maximum fine of $1,000, up to 12 months in prison, at least 40 hours of community service, and completion of an alcohol or drug use risk reduction program.

Under Georgia law, any driver who causes damage to a fixture must take reasonable steps to notify the owner and provide his information. Failing to do so can get you a charge for leaving the scene.

"He is certainly remorseful and apologetic because he has a constituency that is going to see all this and it hurts him," Compton's Attorney James Studdard said. "Like I said, he is remorseful."

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