MESA, Ariz. — A Mesa city councilman says he’s taking a voluntary leave of absence after being arrested recently on suspicion of driving while intoxicated.

Ryan Winkle said at a news conference Wednesday that he will undergo counseling as he works to resolve his legal issues.

With his wife at his side at the podium, Winkle apologized to his fellow city council members, Mayor John Giles and “the children and young people of Mesa” and also asked voters for their forgiveness.

Tempe police say Winkle was given a criminal citation for DUI on May 7 after the car he was driving was reportedly weaving in the roadway before it was pulled over.

Police say Winkle exhibited signs and symptoms consistent with impairment during the traffic stop.

Giles plans to discuss Winkle’s situation Thursday.


Information from: The Arizona Republic, http://www.azcentral.com