Arcata Mayor Releases Statement After Arrest


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Arcata Mayor Brett Watson issued a statemement today following his arrest Sunday night on suspicion of driving under the influence.

According to a news release from the city of Arcata, Watson was arrested at a controlled traffic stop being conducted by the California Highway Patrol on L.K. Wood Boulevard.

Watson's statement: “Last week was the one year anniversary of my father’s death. He was severely depressed and took his own life. I've really been struggling with the loss this last week. I appreciate the community’s patience while I sort through the impact his death has had on me and the events of Sunday night. I take full responsibility for the results of the arrest while recognizing the importance of seeking treatment to support my mental health.”


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