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Helper mayor resigns after 3rd DUI arrest

Published: Tuesday, Sept. 1 2015 4:33 a.m. MDT

On the heels of his third DUI arrest, Helper Mayor Dean Armstrong tendered his resignation Saturday to the Helper City Council. (,) On the heels of his third DUI arrest, Helper Mayor Dean Armstrong tendered his resignation Saturday to the Helper City Council. (,)

HELPER — On the heels of his third DUI arrest, Helper Mayor Dean Armstrong tendered his resignation Saturday to the Helper City Council.

The council held an emergency meeting Saturday at which Armstrong was present and he resigned "effective immediately," according to a news release from the city. The meeting was called late Friday after Armstrong was arrested that afternoon following a minor crash on Main Street in Helper.

The crash occurred around 3:20 p.m. and Armstrong took a breath test before being booked into the Carbon County Jail, city officials said Friday.

In a letter addressed to the council and residents of Helper, Armstrong wrote: "In light of recent events, I have determined that I can no longer adequately perform the duties of mayor. Instead, I will turn my focus toward taking care of my family, my health and my business.

"Although I am saddened by my inability to complete my turn, I do feel that we have moved Helper City forward over the last several years. The people of this community are strong, and it has been my honor and privilege to have served you," the letter states.

Helper Mayor Dean Lee Armstrong, seen in this arrest photo from 2011, resigned Saturday after he was arrested Friday for allegedly driving under the influence in his own town. He has two previous DUI convictions. (, Carbon County Jail) Helper Mayor Dean Lee Armstrong, seen in this arrest photo from 2011, resigned Saturday after he was arrested Friday for allegedly driving under the influence in his own town. He has two previous DUI convictions. (, Carbon County Jail)

Armstrong, 51, has two prior convictions for drinking and driving stemming from incidents in July 1991 and November 2011.

Armstrong pleaded guilty in June 2012 to impaired driving, failing to stop at a stop sign and having an open container of alcohol in his vehicle in connection with the November 2011 incident. He was ordered to pay a $1,600 fine, attend substance abuse counseling and wear an ankle monitor for 60 days.

In January 2012, Armstrong said the DUI was a "bump in the road" and he refused to resign after one constituent requested that he do so. After accepting his resignation Saturday, the City Council "expressed appreciation to Mayor Armstrong for his service and best wishes to his family."

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