Sen. Cam Ward’s DUI arrest sparks supportive reactions, a few questions

Gov Bentley Signing Law with Cam Ward
Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley ceremonially signs SB 67 into law at the state Capitol in Montgomery, Thursday, May 21, 2015. The historic criminal justice reform bill was sponsored by state Sen. Cam Ward, left, and state Rep. Mike Jones, second from right.

Shelby County Sheriff’s office is confirming that State Senator Cam Ward was arrested Wednesday on a driving under the influence charge. Few details about the incident are known, but Ward’s mugshot is available on the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office inmate listing page under his full legal name Robert Cameron Ward.

Photo from Shelby County Sherriff's Office. (Inmate number: 298238WARD, ROBERT CAMERON 07/01/2015 DRIVING UNDER INFLUENCE)
Photo from Shelby County Sherriff’s Office. (Inmate number: 298238 WARD, ROBERT CAMERON 07/01/2015

Ward is among the most active members of the Legislature on social media. His latest tweet was earlier Wednesday:

When the news broke, Brian Rell, chief of staff to U.S. Rep. Robert Aderholt’s tweeted:

According to WSFA, Senate Majority Leader Greg Reed released a statement Wednesday:

“Senator Ward made a mistake. We encourage him to seek help and will be there for emotional and spiritual support.”
Beyond the general specifics of the arrest, there are many questions that will clearly be coming as details emerge and others that will take some time to play out:

It looks like we will have to wait until Thursday for some basic answers:


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