Huntsville city councilman arrested and charged with DUI

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- Huntsville Council Member, Will Culver, was arrested and charged with Driving Under the Influence (DUI) Sunday morning according to jail records. Culver represents the 5th district which is the furthest west district according to the Huntsville City Council website.

Records show that 57-year-old Culver was booked into the Madison County Jail at 2:26 a.m. and is also charged with Driving on the Wrong Side of the Road, Failure to Signal and Improper Lane Change.

Culver was elected to the Council in 2008.

Mark Russell, Council President, declined to comment Sunday afternoon.

The Huntsville Police Department has been slow in releasing details about the arrest, including Culver's alleged blood-alcohol level, saying the evidence has yet to be presented in court.

The case is in the Huntsville Municipal court, where Culver used to work.  The court`s judges are appointed by the city council.

Monday morning Culver`s attorney George Flowers asked the municipal judges to recuse themselves.

"Because Mr. Culver is a city councilman, here in the city of Huntsville, obviously the judges here aren`t going to be able to hear it. So, what will happen is the case will end up getting reset to some other judge," Flowers said.

The City of Huntsville has declined comment, saying it`s treating the city councilman`s arrest like any other citizen`s, with the same presumption of innocence.

Culver`s attorney is hoping for the same thing.

"Really, our hope in this case is that Mr. Culver is treated like any other citizen of the city of Huntsville will be, and that he`s not treated any worse because he is a public figure," Flowers said.

WHNT News 19 has requested the standard incident report the public is entitled to after an arrest. We`re told it is being reviewed by the city attorney`s office before it is released, which is expected Tuesday.

Through his attorney, Culver declined comment Monday.

But a person using his Facebook account did comment on a Facebook page noting Culver's arrest, saying:
"Many thanks to all of you for your kind words and prayers. You are correct, it is certainly more to this than on the surface. Will keep you posted. God Bless "



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