Lawyer, judge candidate charged with DWI

RALEIGH Mark Perry, 49, was arrested earlier this week and charged with driving while impaired.

Perry was stopped Tuesday evening on Wade Avenue and Woodburn Road after an officer spotted him driving erratically.

Court records indicate that he registered a 0.09 on a breath alcohol test. The legal limit in North Carolina is 0.08.

Perry, a democrat, is a lawyer who represents criminal defendants.

He tells Eyewitness News he has not made a decision on whether he will continue his candidacy.

"I made a mistake for which I take full responsibility," he said. "The death of my father four weeks ago after an extended illness, impacted me in a far greater way than I ever imagined possible. I apologize to the people of Wake County and for their understanding. I still believe in the presumption of innocence, of due process, and the equal protection of law, and I always will."

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