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Helper mayor resigns following third alleged DUI arrest

By Faith Heaton Jolley | Posted - Feb 23rd, 2013 @ 7:32pm


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HELPER, Carbon County — Mayor Dean Armstrong made the decision to resign as mayor at a Helper City Council meeting Saturday morning following his third DUI arrest.

Armstrong told the City Council at the 8:30 a.m. meeting that he wanted his resignation to take effect immediately. The council accepted his resignation, and expressed appreciation to Mayor Armstrong for his service.

The former mayor wrote a letter of resignation in which he stated:

"In light of recent events, I have determined that I can no longer adequately perform the duties of Mayor," Armstrong wrote. "Instead I will turn my focus to my family, my health, and my business. Although I am saddened by my inability to complete my term, 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."

Armstrong was arrested Friday afternoon and booked into the Carbon County Jail following a minor crash on Main Street in Helper, according to Utah Highway Patrol trooper Lawrence Hopper. After the arrest, he took a breath test and remained in jail Friday night on $3,230 bail.

Armstong, 51, has two prior convictions for drinking and driving.

Contributing: Geoff Liesik

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