State Rep. Tom Taylor of Dunwoody told WSB-TV he would not fight DUI charges in an interview that aired Wednesday, April 20.

In his first interview since his April 7 arrest in Rabun County, Taylor told WSB-TV he was also seeking help for what he called a problem.

Brian Robinson, spokesperson for Taylor, told Reporter-Newspapers that Taylor has hired an attorney from northeast Georgia. Taylor’s plea hearing is set for May 9 in Clayton City Court.

Taylor was stopped April 7 in the city of Clayton in Rabun County for speeding. Clayton officers said they smelled alcohol on him, but Taylor denied several times he had anything to drink, according to a police report.

Officers administered a breathalyzer test and Taylor’s blood alcohol content was .225, more than three times the legal limit. Officers also found an empty water bottle in his vehicle that smelled of alcohol. He faces charges of DUI, speeding and possession of an open container.

After news broke of his arrest, Taylor issued a statement apologizing for “a serious mistake.”

Taylor said he is not resigning his seat. He was first elected to the state House in 2010. He faces Tom Owens in the May 24 primary.

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