Alan Long, Mayor of Murrieta, CA, has resigned after a serious accident Thursday night. Murrieta is the small town 70 miles north of the U.S.-Mexico border that received the national spotlight when residents stopped busses transporting illegal immigrants and camped outside the border patrol station for four weeks.
Long’s resignation follows a serious accident that occurred Thursday night. Sources close to Long say he had a glass of wine with a couple pieces of pizza after a long day of campaigning. Long’s car rear ended a vehicle with four high school students in it, with injuries ranging from minor to moderate. One girl is still in the hospital but is reportedly not in critical condition.
Sources say Mayor Long blew below the legal 0.8 limit but failed the field sobriety test, ultimately resulting in him being arrested for driving under the influence.
In a small yet brief press conference, Long expressed his concern for the City of Murrieta and the surrounding area as his reason for resigning.
Despite the investigation, Long has decided to continue his bid for reelection. He believes he will be exonerated of all charges.
Residents who worked closely with Long during the immigration crisis say he is a man of integrity and would never purposely hurt someone, especially a child.
“Alan feels horrible about what happened. He wants to do what’s best for our community,” one Murrieta resident said. “He isn’t a drinker. He had one glass of wine and went to go home. He was in the wrong place at the wrong time.”
Immigration activists who worked closely with Long this summer are still supporting him in his bid for city council and hope voters can see past this.