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Council Member Jarvis Johnson has a few words to say about his arrest for evading police on Wednesday.

“I want to be very clear about the night in question,” Johnson said at a brief news conference. “I am not going to talk about the details, but I certainly want to let you know that at no time did I ever exit my car and run. At no point did I ever speed away from the officer, and at no point was there ever any physical or verbal confrontation.”


Seated next to his wife, Charlene, the councilman said he wanted to thank her and their two children “for being so understanding and for being so strong.”

He also introduced 27-year-old Candace Hurt as his secretary and scheduler and identified her as the second person in his car Wednesday night. Hurt stood silently behind Johnson and his wife during the news conference.

“I know there’s been a lot of talk about the other person in the car and as I said that was Candace Hurt,” Johnson said. “I thank God that it was not during campaign season that I was stopped because quite possibly (a female staffer) might have been in my car at 12 o’clock at night, and I know that certainly would have took a whole other look on itself.”

Again, I don’t know what happened, and I don’t want to speculate. If this makes it as far as a trial – I won’t be surprised if it doesn’t make it that far – then maybe we’ll have a decent idea of who did or did not do what. Stace has more.

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