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Waxhaw mayor to stay mum on DUI arrest

Waxhaw Mayor Daune Gardner is saying little about her arrest last week on a charge of driving under the influence.

In an e-mail Tuesday to The Charlotte Observer, Gardner wrote that she would not issue a statement to the media on her arrest Thursday in Lancaster County, S.C.

“This is a private matter which I will handle as such and I am grateful to the people of Waxhaw for their support and understanding,” she wrote. She said “many factors are involved, which I will be addressing with the same deliberate approach that those who know me have come to expect.”

The S.C. Highway Patrol stopped Gardner, 37, about 2 a.m. Thursday on U.S. 521 in Lancaster, about 2 miles north of Waxhaw Highway. She was booked on a first-offense misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence. Following her release from Lancaster County jail later that morning, she did not respond to requests for comment.

Gardner, who owns a graphic-design business, was elected mayor of the southwestern Union County town of about 3,500 in 2007 in her first run for elected office.

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