Woodside councilwoman charged with DUI Woodside, posted by Editor, The Almanac Online, on Apr 2, 2008 at 9:21 am
Woodside Councilwoman Carroll Ann Hodges spent Friday night in the First Chance substance-abuse facility in San Carlos and had to take a cab home the next day -- the consequence of being pulled over by the California Highway Patrol and being charged with drunken driving, she told The Almanac.
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Posted by Kristin Greene, a resident of another community, on Apr 3, 2008 at 11:25 pm
This is horrible for so many reasons. "More varities of wine at her table than she was used to"? How does that have anything to do with a grown woman's choice to get behind the wheel after drinking? Three people I know have read this statement and have all come to the same conclusion. This 'politician' is blatantly placing blame outside of herself. Curious that she spent the night where she did when any regular citizen would have spent it in far less comfortable accomidations. Not someone I would invite to any of my evening soirees less she tip the bottle a bit too much and attempt to blame her bad decisions on her host. Shame on her.
Posted by Amazed, a resident of the Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park neighborhood, on Apr 4, 2008 at 8:19 am
It amazes me that someone can read the exact same words as someone else and come to such a radically different conclusion. I got the sense that the council woman was very remorseful and certainly not "placing blame outside of herself." There's a difference between trying to explain the hard cold facts and assigning blame. I cringe at the thought that she or anyone else who has had too much to drink might choose to drive and endanger the lives of others. But it happened, she accepted blame and she appears to be truly sorry.
Another thing: First Chance is where people who have never been stopped on a DUI are taken. It's not at all "curious" that she was taken there. Many people like her, who make a (bad) mistake but haven't been stopped before, spend the night at First Chance.
Posted by pleased, a resident of another community, on Apr 4, 2008 at 10:10 am
Amazed is correct. Unless the person arrested is violent or uncooperative they go to First Chance. All law enforcement agencies have this policy. It saves money on booking fees (which are expensive) and allows for less crowding in the main jail. There are trained staff (some even former alcohics themselves) to direct these people to the help some really desperately need. It is by no means the Ritz Carlton!They are not free to go until sober. If they attempt to leave then they end up at the main jail! Kristen Greene needs to get her facts before posting again. Amazed is also correct about misreading. Ms. Hodges did not deny that she was drunk when she was stopped. She fully admitted her wrong doing. Give the woman a break and thank her for being honest. So many politicians lie and try to blame it on someone else.
Posted by questioning, a resident of the Woodside: other neighborhood, on Apr 6, 2008 at 3:01 pm
Contrite or not, the question on everyone's mind is whether she's fit to remain on the Town Council. The answer is not at all clear. On one hand, she's only human, and every human is going to have a lapse in judgement at one time or another. But on the other hand, it's not like she doesn't know the consequences of drinking too much, and her drinking had obviously affected her driving enough to catch the attention of the police. Is that the kind of judgement we want on the Town Council?
Posted by Paul Goeld, a resident of the Woodside: Woodside Hills neighborhood, on Apr 10, 2008 at 7:52 pm
I served with Carroll Ann on the Town Council for eight years.
Although she and I were polar opposites on many issues - often to the point of exasperation for each of us - Carroll Ann was always the hardest working member of the council. I can't think of another Town Council member that I respected more than Carroll Ann.
For someone to try to use this incident to challenge Carroll Ann's ability to serve on the Town Council is nothing more than political opportunism at its worst. We all make mistakes and Carroll Ann has taken full responsibility for hers.
I only wish that other elected officials could face their own sins with similar candor, transparency and honesty.