Gainesville mayor Craig Lowe was arrested early this morning by Florida Highway Patrol troopers after he was found asleep behind the wheel of a badly damaged Honda Civic near the scene of an accident.
Lowe, who appeared intoxicated, admitted to having had three beers the previous night.
A blood alcohol test performed at the scene showed Lowe was below the legal limit for driving (0.08), but the troopers decided to arrest him on a DUI charge on the basis of his impairment at the time of the crash.
Lowe was also booked into the Alachua County Jail on a charge of property damage.
UPDATE: As noted by a commenter, Lowe's rival Braddy was similarly arrested for drunk driving back in 2006. Unlike Lowe, however, Braddy's blood-alcohol level at the time was 0.184 — well above the legal limit.