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Fort Mill 11 #6:Lindemann hangs on

York County Councilman Paul Lindemann is arrested in July after being accused of driving under the influence in Columbia.
York County Councilman Paul Lindemann is arrested in July after being accused of driving under the influence in Columbia.

Despite being arrested and accused of drunken driving during the summer, York County Councilman Paul Lindemann held onto his seat this year.

Lindemann, a first-term Republican who represents District 1, faced several opponents in his reelection bid. First, he fended off former Councilman Jeff Updike in the Republican Party primary in June about a month before his arrest. Lindemann unseated Updike in the previous election.

It didn't take long for the primary campaign to turn ugly, with both candidates not passing up an opportunity to snipe at one another.

After defeating Updike again, Lindemann went on to face Democrat Marion Davenport and Green Party candidate Bryan Smith in the general election. But long before any votes were cast, Lindemann was pulled over in Columbia and charged with DUI, his third such charge.

Following the arrest and the release of the arresting officer's dashboard camera video of the stop, some York County Republican leaders called for him to step down.

The defiant Lindemann continued to campaign, and his two opponents did not try to take advantage of the controversy.

Lindemann eventually publicly apologized and thanked his supporters.

The DUI arrest dogged him right up to election day. A Herald reporter confronted Lindemann when he drove to a county council meeting in August despite having a suspended license. He said at the time he was told he was allowed to drive to and from work, but following the continued coverage, he switched to using a personal driver.

However, on election day, Lindemann was vindicated by easily defeating both Davenport and Smith.

See the video all over again

To read the story about Paul Lindemann's DUI arrest and see the video of his field sobriety test, click here: http://www.fortmilltimes.com/187/story/295987.html

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