Medicine Hat Mayor’s Statement Regarding Impaired Driving Charges

I would like to apologize to the citizens of Medicine Hat. This morning I agreed to plead guilty to the charge of impaired driving. I am human and exercised very poor judgment for which I must take responsibility. I am not above the law.

This plea goes against the advice of my lawyer. My legal counsel is convinced I have a good chance of acquittal; however, in order to save the two things I love most, my family and this city the embarrassment and humiliation of a public trial, I have made this difficult decision.

I will take time to reflect and learn from this in the coming months and years. Hopefully some good can come of this.

Since this incident occurred I have continued to work and attend all public events and functions where possible and I intend to continue to do so.

Thank you for your patience and understanding. I only ask that you respect my family’s privacy at this time.

Ted Clugston