UPDATE: Wilmington City Councilman responds to DWI arrest

Councilman Rivenbark responds to his DWI arrest
Published: May. 11, 2022 at 11:06 AM EDT
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WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - A member of the Wilmington City Council was arrested in the early hours of May 11 in Leland.

Rivenbark was charged with Driving While Impaired and Fail to Maintain Lane Control.

WECT reached out to Councilman Rivenbark and he responded with the following statement in an email:

“Late on the night of May 10 I received a call from my son, who was experiencing an adverse medical event. At the time I was on a trip with colleagues in Myrtle Beach. My son is a quadriplegic and his health and wellbeing are my top priority. Later that evening I made the decision to leave Myrtle Beach and come home to be with him and to help his mother. I did not think that I was impaired. In hindsight, it was not the right decision but it was the one I made based on the knowledge that he was in pain.I accept responsibility for my actions and I am truly sorry for this situation I have created.”

According to the arrest warrant from the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, Charles H. Rivenbark Jr. was stopped in Leland around 1:45 a.m.

A blood alcohol test revealed a blood alcohol level of 0.11, about one and one half times the legal limit of 0.08.

The warrant states the defendant “unlawfully and willfully did drive on right side of highway; exceptions; fail to maintain lane control.”

Rivenbark was booked into the Brunswick County Jail and the judge set the bond as a Written Promise for him to return to court. His next court date is set for June 27, 2022.

This story will be updated when more details are made available.

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