Wasco mayor pleads no contest to charge of reckless driving, placed on 1-year probation

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WASCO, Calif. (KGET) — Wasco Mayor Alex Garcia has pleaded no contest to a charge of reckless driving in connection with some consumption of alcohol, according to his lawyer, H.A. Sala.

Garcia was placed on a one-year probation and was required to pay a $1,220 fine after pleading no contest to the lesser charge. At the end of the probation, the no contest plea will be withdrawn and the charge will be dismissed.

Garcia was arrested for driving under the influence in June. Sala’s office said that charge was dismissed after the Kern County Superior Court found that Garcia was not driving with a blood-alcohol level in excess of the .08 percent legal limit.

“Wasco proved again that though we are a small town, we have a very big heart,” Garcia said in a statement. “I reached out to faith leaders in our community and found open arms. I expected to find nothing but condemnation for my error. Instead, I found love, grace and encouragement.”

Tonight, the Wasco City Council is expected to decide whether to confirm or remove Garcia’s mayoral appointment.

Two councilmen, Tito Cortez and Vincent Martinez, said Garcia should resign as mayor, although not necessarily from the City Council, because his case represented an unwanted distraction for the city. Tonight’s meeting will be held at 6 p.m. at 746 8th St. 

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