Troy City Council President Apologizes After DWI Arrest

Carmella Mantello mug shot

Troy City Council President Carmella Mantello is apologizing to friends, family, and constituents after her arrest on DWI charges this week. 

In a brief statement issued Friday morning, Mantello, a Republican, said "I understand the severity of my actions and take full responsibility."  Mantello, 53, was arrested Wednesday night after State Police received a call from a driver saying he was being followed by someone driving aggressively.  

The incident began on I-890 in Schenectady and continued onto the Northway, where both vehicles eventually left the highway at Exit 9 in Clifton Park.  Mantello was eventually pulled over on route 146A several miles west. 

Mantello reportedly provided a breath sample which resulted in a .13% blood alcohol content. 

She's due back in court in Clifton Park on January 3.

A spokesman for Troy mayor Patrick Madden declined comment on the matter except to say it was a "personal issue" involving Mantello.

Here is Mantello's statement:

"I understand the severity of my actions and take full responsibility. I apologize to my family, friends and constituents and am deeply sorry that I let you down. I expect more from myself. Finally, I would like to personally thank the New York State Troopers for their professionalism in this matter and the service they render everyday to keep our communities safe."

photo:  New York State Police

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