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DUI accusation filed against Hall school board member Mark Pettitt 9 months after arrest
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Mark Pettitt - photo by Austin Steele

Nearly nine months since the arrest, the Forsyth County solicitor general has filed a formal accusation in Hall County State Court in a DUI case concerning Hall County Board of Education member Mark Pettitt.

Solicitor General William Finch filed the charges of driving under the influence of alcohol - less safe and failure to maintain lane. The accusation was filed Sept. 13 in Hall County.

Defense attorney Graham McKinnon declined to comment Wednesday, Sept. 18.

Pettitt was originally arrested Dec. 15 by Gainesville Police. He was stopped near the intersection of EE Butler and Jesse Jewell parkways

Pettitt’s case has been delayed a number of times and has changed hands multiple times.

A February hearing was delayed until March 28, when it was announced that his case would be transferred from Gainesville Municipal Court to the Hall County Solicitor’s Office.

McKinnon said at the time the prosecution decided to transfer the case to Solicitor General Stephanie Woodard.

Woodard said she filed a recusal April 22 because she “had some amount of professional history with (him) and thought it would be more appropriate for someone who had not had the professional interactions with him.”

The original paperwork on the case was delivered to the Forsyth County office on Aug. 12

Woodard said the local goal is to have the accusation filed within 30 to 60 days since the date of arrest or ticket unless there is additional testing or evidence needed.

“From the time they picked that up, they are not outside the industry norm,” Woodard said.

In May 2018, The Times published a story with Pettitt acknowledging he had received a boating under the influence citation in Forsyth County in February 2017. 

He pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor BUI charge in the fall of 2017 and served probation until this past November.






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