November 17, 2009 at 5:28 AM EST - Updated June 19 at 1:20 PM
GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) - The mayor-elect of a Georgia town has been arrested for drunken driving in South Carolina.
Multiple media outlets reported Monday that Jennifer Sudderth was arrested in Greenville early Saturday. The 36-year-old was elected mayor of Hartwell, Ga., earlier this month and is expected to take office in January.
Hartwell is approximately 62 miles southwest of Greenville.
A police report says Sudderth was stopped because her car swerved over the white lines. She told the arresting officer she was trying to get home after leaving a friend's house but was lost and needed gas. The report says she failed a field sobriety test.
Sudderth told WLHR-FM the incident is a misunderstanding that will be cleared up this week. The Hart County middle school teacher declined to explain, but said she'd hired an attorney.
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