Paul Love, 47, a Columbia City Council candidate running on a public safety platform had been arrested for driving under the influence.
The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that Love was cited for driving while intoxicated after an officer carried out a traffic stop on Monday evening at Providence Road and Ash Street. Love registered a blood-alcohol content of 0.119 on a breathalyzer, over the legal limit of 0.08.
Love who claims he has Type 2 diabetes and his blood sugar level was extremely high, which could reflect intoxication says he’ll take the case to court.
“From my perspective when your blood sugar gets that high it’s like intoxication,” Love said. “I do have an attorney and will take this to court.” (www.columbiatribune.com)
The Columbia Police Officers’ Union will keep on endorsing Love, said CPOA Executive Director Dale Roberts, who told the Tribune he is aware of Love’s situation.
“Paul is a Type 2 diabetic,” Roberts said. “His blood sugar was way off the charts. We still endorse him.” (www.columbiatribune.com)
In a follow-up statement Roberts said Love “insisted” on going to the hospital, and once there his medical condition was confirmed and he was admitted for treatment.
“It is unfortunate that this probably won’t be fully resolved until after the election,” he said. “Nevertheless, as we have said over and over again, ‘no one is above the law but everyone is innocent until proven guilty.’ It is up to the Judicial system to resolve this matter and we will not change our position, our endorsement, based upon what appears to have been a medical episode.” (www.columbiatribune.com)
Roberts also defended the actions of the officer.
“We are confident the officer acted appropriately given the totality of the situation and the circumstances he was presented,” he said.” (www.columbiatribune.com)
According to Roberts, it’s up to the judicial system to resolve the issue, however, regardless they’ll support Love in light of the fact that the incident seems to have been a medical scene.