Ward 1 alderman charged with DUI refusal Saturday
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 1:00 AM
A Philadelphia alderman was arrested over the weekend and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, first offense, refusal.
Ward 1 Alderman Josh Gamblin, 37, of 417 Columbus Ave., was arrested near the Neshoba County Fairgrounds on Highway 21 shortly after 1 a.m. Sunday morning, Mississippi Highway Patrol spokesperson Andy West.
He was also charged with driving with a suspended license.
Gamblin said he presented his license to Sheriff's Deputy Greg Tubby at a roadblock in front of Coldwater Baptist Church.
"After he [Tubby] informed me my license was suspended, the deputy asked if I would take a field sobriety test and I refused," Gamblin said in a written response on Tuesday. "I was aware that this would require me to be charged with DUI refusal."
The alderman said he takes "full responsibility for that charge and its ramifications."
Gamblin was taken to the Neshoba County Jail and released on a property bond at 6:20 a.m. that same morning.
"Even though I will have my court date in the future, the association of me with this situation has already done damage to the reputation of our city and its officials," Gamblin said. "To the people of Philadelphia and most directly to the people that trusted me with responsibility, I'm sorry. To the Mayor and other aldermen, I'm sorry.
"I realize now more than ever that I must always hold myself to a much higher standard when representing others. The hint of wrongdoing is certainly enough to cause misconception. No matter the ultimate outcome for me personally, the damage caused by this event and the association with an elected official has already been done."