A member of the Mesa City Council now faces ethics charges that could result in his removal of office in the wake of a DUI arrest in May.
Councilmember Ryan Winkle didn't attended a special meeting Thursday when the council voted to approve charging him with conduct indicating a lacking fitness to hold office and failing to maintain a high standard of ethics.
Mayor John Giles says the council's vote doesn't decide Winkle's guilt or innocence and that the council will hold a future hearing on decide whether to impose discipline up to removal from office.
Winkle has apologized for his conduct. He took a leave of absence but said he didn't plan to step down from the council.