UPDATE, 7:16 A.M., 08/29/2023 – Jenafer McCauley sent a statement in to WJBF News Channel 6 on Tuesday morning:

On Friday Night I was at Lookaway Inn. The area is well lit and when I drove away, I failed to turn on my headlights. As I pulled into my driveway about .25 miles away from Lookaway Inn, an officer approached me. Subsequently, I was accused of DUI. This matter must be resolved in a courtroom where all of us as citizens have the right to have such matters resolved. I would like to ask for privacy at this time, and will defer any other questions to my attorney who will be assisting me.

A statement sent via email from Jenafer McCauley

Mayor Briton Williams also sent a statement in to WJBF News Channel 6 saying: 

I support Jen personally during this time. However, this  is between her and the Courts system. This matter does not impact her serving on Council or as Mayor Pro-Tem. 

A statement sent via email from Mayor Briton Williams

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. (WJBF) – A North Augusta City Council member was arrested and charged with driving under the influence, this weekend.

Jenafer Forward McCauley was charged on Friday with 1st Offense DUI (.10 bus less than .16).

A North Augusta Public Safety Officer pulled McCauley over after she was reportedly seen driving on East Avenue around 10:30 p.m. without her headlights on.

The incident report states that she also drove through a stop sign at East Avenue and Woodlawn Avenue.

The responding officer stated in the report that McCauley’s speech was slurred and her eyes were red, watery and glossy.

The report states that McCauley admitted to drinking two margaritas around 2 hours earlier at a restaurant in downtown Augusta.

McCauley was then administered a series of field sobriety tests. She was unable to maintain her balance during a walk-and-turn test.

As the report states that McCauley had pulled into the driveway of her home, the officer secured her vehicle in the driveway and handed the keys over to her husband.

The officer then placed McCauley under arrest and transported to Public Safety headquarters where she registered a 0.14 blood alcohol level. She was also issued a courtesy summons as she did not have her license with her.

Afterwards, she was taken to the Aiken County Detention Center.

Count on NewsChannel 6 for more details in this story as we get them.