Arcata, Calif. (KIEM) – On the night of Sunday, August 1, Arcata Mayor Brett Watson was detained and cited for driving under the influence.
The arrest resulted when the California Highway Patrol were conducting a controlled traffic stop on L.K. Wood Boulevard.
In a statement made today, August 2, Mayor Watson shared his initial response to the arrest: “Last week was the one year anniversary of my father’s death. He was severely depressed and took his own life. I’ve really been struggling with the loss this last week. I appreciate the community’s patience while I sort through the impact his death has had on me and the events of Sunday night. I take full responsibility for the results of the arrest while recognizing the importance of seeking treatment to support my mental health.”