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Lebanon councilwoman resigns after public intoxication arrest

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Kathy Warmath (Source: Lebanon Police Department) Kathy Warmath (Source: Lebanon Police Department)

A Lebanon councilwoman who was arrested and charged with public intoxication after a meeting Tuesday night has resigned.

Kathy Warmath announced her resignation on Wednesday. She served on the Lebanon City Council for 23 years.

Police said Warmath was behaving oddly at Tuesday night’s council meeting. Officers arrived as she was getting into her car in the parking lot outside City Hall.

“We did feel there was impairment involved, and so we would not have let her get behind the wheel and drive off for her safety and of course for the safety of the community itself,” said Cpl. P.J. Hardy with Lebanon police.

Warmath’s attorney, Jack Lowery, said she was taking a prescription medication and had an adverse reaction.

Lowery said Warmath has a back problem that is worsening, and that is why she is resigning her position effective immediately.

Lowery said he does not expect Warmath to be prosecuted for the public intoxication charge, which is a misdemeanor.

“She’s not worried about the charge that was placed on her last night,” Lowery said. “And as her attorney, I’m not worried about it.”

Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead told Channel 4 the city will take nominations and council member will choose a replacement to fill out Warmath’s term, which ends in November 2018.

Wilson County officials told Channel 4 Tuesday night that it was apparent Warmath was struggling during Tuesday night’s meeting. They also said they hope she gets the help she needs.

Stay with Channel 4 and WSMV.com for more on this developing story.

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