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Bannister: 'I will be completely exonerated'

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Gwinnett BOC Chairman Charles Bannister said Tuesday he will be exonerated after his Monday night arrest on DUI charges.

While a Breathalyzer registered his blood alcohol level at 0.000, a blood

test is pending, and in an arrest report, a Gwinnett County Sheriff's

Department deputy said Bannister admitted to drinking one or two beers and failed field sobriety tests.

The following is a statement released by Bannister.

"As you are aware, at approximately 8 p.m. on June 28, 2010, I was arrested by a Gwinnett County Deputy Sheriff and charged with the offense of driving while under the influence of alcohol.

"I regret that this matter has occurred. I am making the results of the

state-administered breath test results public which indicates that the

machine was working properly and the test results were 0, which indicates no presence of alcohol in my system.

"I apologize to the residents of Gwinnett County, my colleagues, and my

family for any embarrassment this has caused.

"Until this matter is resolved, I will not drive any county vehicles but

will continue to perform my duties as county commission chairman.

"In the end, I am confident I will be completely exonerated."