Candidate Arrested Minutes After Winning Race For Mayor

Minutes after he won the race for the Mayor of Sharpsburg Tuesday night, Robert L. Williams Jr. was arrested on several charges.

About 30 minutes after the polls closed last night, Sharpsburg Police received a call from a concerned citizen reporting a man was in a white Ram pickup truck outside a polling location at the Sharpsburg Town Hall and appeared to be impaired.

A police officer located the vehicle a few blocks away and began to follow the truck. Police said the truck failed to stay in the travel lane and the officer turned on his blue lights and siren to stop the vehicle.  Williams continued on a short distance before eventually stopping just before he reached his home.

Williams registered 0.13 on the Breathalyzer, according to a press release from Sharpsburg Police.

Williams was charged with driving while impaired, failure to maintain lane control, resist obstruct and delay of an officer, possession of a concealed firearm, possession of a firearm after consuming alcohol and possession of a firearm on government property.

He was released on a written promise to appear in a Nash County Court for a first appearance on the charges June 5th.

According to WRAL, Williams won the Sharpsburg mayoral race last night by 7 votes over incumbent Mayor Randy Weaver 169 to 162.  Williams lost the race for mayor in 2013 and 2017 and filed protests after losing those races.