Martinez, Calif. — Antioch Mayor Lamar Thorpe was charged with two Misdemeanor counts of Driving Under the Influence (DUI) of alcohol on April 1, 2022.
The Office of the District Attorney of Contra Costa County received a referral from the California Highway Patrol on March 23, 2022, on two violations of California Vehicle Code 23152 (a) and 23152 (b) that occurred on March 19, 2022, in Pleasant Hill.
After an evaluation, a charging decision was made on the following counts:
- Count 1 – Driving under the influence of an alcoholic beverage VC 23152 (a)
- Count 2 – Driving with a .08% blood alcohol content VC 23152 (b)
The case has been submitted to the Superior Court of Contra Costa County and a Notice to Appear will be issued by the Court.
End of Press Release
The announcement came a day after Mary Knox, a candidate running for District Attorney against Becton, calling for action from District Attorney Diana Becton after more than 60 days passed with no action on a DUI case involving a Becton campaign endorser, Antioch Mayor Lamar Thorpe.
Knox’s campaign says as of May 17th, no decision or action had been taken in the case. However, the DA”s press release Friday is back dating the charging date of April . But Knox’s campaign made a public records request and the response they got said no documents were available as no decision had been made and it was still under investigation. They also said no charges or pending cases against Thorpe were listed on the county website.
As of Friday, there was still nothing posted on the Online Portal for Contra Costa County Superior Court regarding this DUI case.
Per California Highway Patrol:
Mayor Thorpe released the following statement after his arrest morning:
Good Morning Antioch,
I wanted to come before you today because I wanted to share some personal news with you. Last night, after having dinner with a friend, I was pulled over by the California Highway Patrol and cited for driving under the influence. For that I take full responsibility.
Under the advice of counsel, I am limited in what I can share with you. But I felt it was important to be open and direct with you.
Although I never felt inhibited by the drink I had with my dinner and I am deeply sorry for the lapse in judgment and I hope you can forgive me.
Being your mayor has been one of the greatest honors of my life and I am sorry if I have embarrassed you in any way. You have my full commitment that I will grow and learn from this moment and will continue to work diligently for the residents of Antioch.
Thank you for listening and have a wonderful day.
No other information was released, including Thorpe’s Blood Alcohol Level at the time of his arrest.