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July 10, 2013

MADD wants resignation of Oronogo mayor after DWI arrest

ORONOGO, Mo. — Members of a local group who are fighting to stop drunk driving are calling for the resignation of the Oronogo mayor.

The president of the Newton and Jasper County chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving along with other members of the group say they want Oronogo Mayor Robert Pearish, 60, to resign.

Pearish on May 8 was arrested by Carterville police for driving while intoxicated and speeding. According to a report provided by the Jasper County Circuit Court, his blood alcohol content was .097, exceeding the .08 blood alcohol limit in Missouri.

On Monday night, several members of the local MADD chapter came to the Oronogo City Council meeting and stationed themselves outside City Hall “to be seen,” said Greg Freeman, whose wife, Kerri, is the president of the chapter.

While the group was not on the agenda and none of its members spoke during the meeting, Kerry Freeman said afterward that they are carefully monitoring the mayor’s case.

“I think at least he should step down from public office,” Kerry said.

Attempts to reach Pearish through city council messages and at his home since Monday have been unsuccessful.

“I think if someone in a city office receives a DWI, he should step down from his position until the charges are dropped or settled,” Kerry Freeman said. “I don’t believe a public official should stay in office.”


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