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Florida city manager charged with DUI after visit to strip club

Hollywood, Fla., City Manager Douglas Hewett was charged with driving under the influence after leaving a gay strip club in Northeast Miami-Dade on Easter Sunday.

The arrest came to light Friday.

Hewett had been on the job just six weeks when the incident occurred.

“At the time of the incident, I advised each member of the City Commission who expressed their concerns about this serious matter,” Hewett wrote in an e-mail Friday, declining to elaborate further.

According to the Miami-Dade police report, just after 3 a.m. April 8 an officer saw Hewett enter the left turning lane and then swerve back into his original lane. He was pulled over at 156th Street and Biscayne Boulevard.

“I immediately noticed the defendant had red bloodshot watery eyes, slurred speech and the strong smell of an alcoholic beverage emanating from his breath,” the officer wrote in the report.

According to the report, Hewett had just left Swinging Richards, a gay strip club in North Miami Beach.

Hewett told the officer he had drunk two Coors Light beers; two breath samples showed his blood-alcohol level was .145 and .139, significantly higher than the .08 legal limit.

Hewett, who was hired Feb. 27 out of a slate of six finalists, makes $172,000 a year. He came from Fayetteville, N.C. and was lauded by the Hollywood Commission for his energy and fresh ideas.

According to city spokesman Jaime Hernandez, Hewett was absent from work April 9 for a personal day.

“Given the nature of this incident, I’ve retained an attorney,” Hewett wrote. “On his advice, I’m unable to discuss the facts of this case at this point. However, I deeply regret how this may negatively reflect on the City of Hollywood. I look forward to resolving this matter and continuing to serve the city.’’

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