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Candidate For Sussex County Council Maintains Innocence Amid DUI Charges

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LEWES, Del. - A candidate for Sussex County Council told WBOC that he is maintaining his innocence, just days after he was arrested for DUI-related offenses by Lewes Police.

Mark Schaeffer, who is running for the district three position of county council, was arrested Monday night while driving in Lewes, and faces charges for Driving Under the Influence of a "combination of Alcohol and any Drug."

Schaeffer released the following statement to WBOC. 

"On Monday afternoon of this week I was going door visiting with voters by foot in 100' weather for over 4.5 hours. I stopped at dark and then went to repair vandalized signs. I was exhausted and dehydrated. I was pulled over and received a ticket for suspicion of DUI. I take full responsibility. This situation will never occur again and I maintain my innocence. I continue with our campaign in order to finding solutions for the horrific traffic ,sprawl and lack of aggressive acquisition of open space. I am the only person in the race who can accomplish this. My record proves it."

According to Lewes police, Schaeffer was driving by the intersection of Savannah Road and Gills Neck Road at approximately 11 p.m., when he was stopped by police. Chief Thomas Spell said that Schaeffer was given a sobriety test, including a preliminary breath test. He was then arrested and charged with the DUI offense. 

Schaeffer, who was the former mayor of Smyrna, is one of four candidates running in the GOP primary this fall. The district three spot will be open for someone new, as Democrat Joan Deaver is not running for re-election this fall. 

Police said that there would be no further releases in reference to the arrest. 

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