Charlotte Observer - Waxhaw Mayor Daune Gardner pleaded guilty Wednesday to a charge of driving while impaired after her arrest by a town police officer last year. The plea deal in Union County District Court for Gardner, 42, included a 30-day suspended sentence, 12 months unsupervised probation, 24 hours of community service and a suspended driver’s license with limited driving privileges. The mayor’s high-profile arrest prompted two Waxhaw commissioners to say last year that Gardner should resign. She refused to step down. Officer Kaitlin Robillard arrested Gardner shortly after midnight on June 10. The officer saw a car on N.C. 16 cross the center line several times, according to court records. In 2008, Gardner was charged with driving under the influence in Lancaster County, S.C., the Observer reported at the time. But Gardner’s North Carolina driving record does not reflect any DWI-related history in South Carolina, Swain said. But the board later stopped the censure process in favor of a resolution directed at Gardner, McLaurin said. The board approved a resolution in November that disapproved of Gardner’s actions, including her DWI arrest and buying alcohol with a town credit card. The mayor’s credit card privileges, which the board had asked McLaurin to remove after her June arrest, have not been restored.
So being a mayor is the greatest job in the world, I’m sure of it. Apparently you can get away with doing basically whatever you want, and as long as you look good, love chicken wings, or both, everything is all square. This smoke mayor was buying beer on the town’s tab and then getting DWIs as a result, and not only were the charges dropped, but they didn’t even take away her credit card. That’s amazing. Just take notes, kids. If you’re well liked and can do a nice dance in the middle of your sobriety test, the world is your oyster. Plus, being a hot girl helps too.