DUI Charge in Greenville for Hartwell Mayor-Elect Jennifer Sudderth

Jennifer Sudderth, mayor-elect of Hartwell, GAThe 35-year-old mayor-elect of Hartwell, GA was charged with driving under the influence in Greenville on Saturday night.  But she swears police have it all wrong.

Jennifer Scott Sudderth told the Greenville News, “I am innocent of these charges against me which will be proven in a court of law.”

Sudderth is expected in municipal court on Thursday, where she will likely repeat the excuses she used Saturday night when cops nabbed her swerving her car from lane to lane on Mauldin Road: texting while driving and sleepiness.

Apparently texting while tired will cause you to fail a field sobriety test like Sudderth reportedly did.  I wonder if Sudderth will contend that it also causes the slurred speech, heavy eyelids, and glassy eyes observed by the arresting officer. Sudderth was also allegedly unsteady on her feet and had difficulty locating her driver’s license.

Texting while tired may also cause one to lie to authorities.  Sudderth initally denied visiting any bars Saturday night even though she wore a “Crocs Food & Spirits” wristband.  Perhaps she was going to pass it off as a fashion statement?

Sudderth later admitted to visiting the establishment after drinking two glasses of wine at a friend’s house.  Officers were unable to obtain an adequate Breathalyzer test sample after three tries.  I’m pretty sure that means she was holding her breath (or at least not trying too hard.)

When the officer asked Sudderth if she’d had any liquor she replied, “Liquor? I don’t even know her.”  Okay, maybe that part didn’t happen, but how far outside the realm of possibility did it really sound?

Update, 11/19/09, 4:30 p.m. – Greenville court records show a request for a jury trial was filed on behalf of Jennifer Sudderth this afternoon.

Visit The Hartwell Sun Online for a letter from Mayor-Elect Sudderth in which she pleads for forgiveness.  Not that she did anything wrong. Well, okay then.


10 Responses to “DUI Charge in Greenville for Hartwell Mayor-Elect Jennifer Sudderth”

  1. Fabiana on November 17th, 2009 10:29 pm

    Unless she got a ton of money for a good lawyer she won’t get out of this rap unscathed. Maybe if she wasn’t so nasty about our cops in Hartwell the ones in Greenville would of let her slide. You reap what you sow, Jennifer.

  2. Hooah on November 17th, 2009 11:52 pm

    Nice: “Liquor? I don’t even know her.”

  3. Margaret P Frye on November 18th, 2009 9:05 am

    My concern is the teacher aspect. A teacher should be an example to students. Was not a very good example for her to be out driving drunk at 4 in the morning while her husband was out of town.

  4. Patricia on November 18th, 2009 12:54 pm

    How could the mayor elect embarass herself and her family like this? How could she be so stupid? Wake up honey, you’re in dinky little Hartwell, not Hollywood!

  5. Fern George on November 18th, 2009 1:18 pm

    I am from Greenville, not Hartwell, so whether or not this incident jeopardizes Ms. Sudderth’s teaching job or ascension to the office of mayor is not my concern. It is the drunk driving on streets so close to my own home that has me shaking with outrage. This woman’s selfish pursuit of fun without regard to the safety of others could have harmed someone I know and love, and she hasn’t shown the slightest bit of remorse from what I can tell. Her irresponsibility could have killed someone and she’s too busy lying to the police to care.

  6. Missy on November 19th, 2009 2:18 pm

    This woman had to have been clubbing in order to be wearing a wrist band. They don’t give you wrist bands in bars. At least, here in Georgia they don’t. *shrugs*

  7. Kabana on November 20th, 2009 2:32 pm

    I can see this type of behavior coming from a twenty five year old, heck, it happens all the time. But a nearly 40 year old woman bar hopping until 4 a.m. one who was about to be sworn into public office at that? Can someone spell out “Mid Life Crisis” in big gold letters, please?

  8. Ashley on November 24th, 2009 9:38 am

    I really hate to be the snotty one in all of this, I really do..but if I were her, I would have seriously considered shaving before taking that face to a bar. I’m sure she turned alot of heads with that 5 o’clock shadow.

  9. John on November 25th, 2009 8:08 pm

    It is a bad situation for her but if you look at the facts- there is no evidence of her being intoxicated. She looked like it… that’s it. That is not valid grounds for sentencing somebody. I think she’ll get off.
    It does suck that she lives in Hartwell. That has got to be the most boring-out-of-touch-with-the-times town in the world, so the majority of the conservatives who reside there will probably pass a lot of judgement on her. I wish her luck.

  10. Sarah M. on December 9th, 2009 3:30 pm

    So lemme get this straight, she hung around at a friend’s house until about 2 a.m., and in that time period she only managed to consume two glasses of wine, but on the way home, she decided to stop at a bar (which she originally lied about doing), and for what purpose? To check out the neon lighting fixtures?

    Sorry, but her whole story is bunk, and anyone with half a brain can see it.

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