East Bay mayor charged with two misdemeanors related to suspected DUI

The Contra Costa District Attorney’s Office has charged Antioch Mayor Lamar Thorpe with two misdemeanor counts of driving under the influence of alcohol in connection with his arrest earlier this spring, authorities said.

In a statement on Friday, the DA’s Office said it received a referral from the California Highway Patrol on March 23 regarding two violations from a late-night vehicle stop on March 19 in Pleasant Hill. After evaluating the case, the DA charged Thorpe on April 1 with driving under the influence and driving with a .08% blood alcohol content.

The case has been submitted to the Superior Court of Contra Costa County.

Thorpe did not return a call seeking comment Friday night, but in a video posts on social media a day after the arrest, he indicated he will not resign.

In the video, Thorpe apologized to the community after admitting he had a drink at dinner.

“Being your mayor is one of the greatest honors of my life and I’m sorry if I have embarrassed you in any way,” Thorpe said on the March 19 video.

Thorpe recently beat a recall effort when the proponents failed to turn in the necessary signatures to get the initiative on the ballot.

Mayor Pro-Tem Mike Barbanica, a retired Pittsburg policeman, and Councilwoman Lori Ogorchock both called for Thorpe to resign shortly after the DUI arrest.

As for the DUI, Barbanica said at the time that it is “only a citation, not a conviction.”

“But I do feel it’s the best thing for the city, (for him) to step down and deal with these issues, and I wish him the very best at that,” he said.

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