A Hall County Board of Education member charged with DUI was set to be arraigned Thursday, March 28, in the Gainesville Municipal Court, but his case is instead being transferred, his attorney said.
Defense attorney Graham McKinnon, who is representing Mark Pettitt, 26, said Thursday afternoon the prosecution decided to transfer the case, adding it would be going to Hall County’s State Court.
Hall County Solicitor General Stephanie Woodard did not return calls from The Times after hours Thursday.
Pettitt was stopped near the intersection of EE Butler and Jesse Jewell parkways about 2 a.m. Dec. 15, according to arrest logs. Pettitt was charged with DUI-less safe and failure to maintain lane. His case had previously been scheduled for a hearing in February that was delayed.
The Times was unable to speak to anyone connected with municipal court or obtain any other information about the case without filing an open records request, which allows officials three days to respond.
McKinnon previously asked that his client be allowed to be “innocent until proven guilty.”
In May, 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 on a misdemeanor BUI charge in the fall of 2017 and served probation until this past November.