MARINETTE, Wis. - Marinette's leader is in some hot water. Police say they arrested Mayor Robert Harbick was Saturday afternoon for driving under the influence.
Marinette police say just before 3:45 p.m., 68-year-old Harbick crashed his car into a traffic light at the intersection of Hall Ave. and Hattie St. in Marinette. Officials say Harbick was drunk.
"It was probably a bad move and he probably shouldn't have been driving. But I know he's been under a lot of stress," said Marinette City Council President Sandra Saunier.
Marinette officials say Harbick was released from jail a couple hours after the incident. Harbick did not return our calls for comment, and did not appear to be home. Saunier says the mayor told her he is considering stepping down.
The council woman says while she doesn't condone what the mayor did, she doesn't feel he should step down because of it.
"He's done one terrific job for us with just the progress that we're getting, it's a city that we're proud of," said Saunier.
But some residents and workers in the area say they are not as sympathetic.
"He should know better than to drink and drive," said Tom Zeiferd, Marinette. "I understand he's human like everybody else but you do put him in there for a reason to kind of uphold the laws."
"He should be ashamed. I think he's gonna have to step back and step out. Let someone manage the city who knows what they're doing," said Mary Martin, who lives in Menominee but works in Marinette.
And while that's not what council member Saunier wants, she says it is possible. If he does resign or is asked to step down, Saunier would take the mayor's spot until another mayor is elected.
The OWI is Harbick's first. The city council is meeting this Tuesday. Council members say the mayor is expected to be there, but they aren't sure if his OWI will be discussed.
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