Atascadero mayoral runner-up arrested
March 19, 2015
Atascadero police arrested a recent mayoral candidate late Tuesday night on DUI and hit-and-run charges. [Tribune]
Charles John Scovell II, 36, garnered 40 percent of the vote in last year’s Atascadero mayoral election. On Tuesday night, Scovell allegedly crashed his vehicle into a tree and a fence on the 10000 block of Atascadero Avenue and tried to leave the scene.
But, officers responded to a report of the crash and stopped Scovell around 11 p.m. They booked him in San Luis Obispo County Jail after arresting him.
Scovell’s car did not collide with any vehicles or pedestrians. His lone passenger received treatment at a local hospital for non-life threatening injuries.
Scovell is no longer in jail, according to the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office website.
During his run for mayor, Scovell admitted that during his youth he dropped out of school and got involved in drugs. He was convicted of a series of minor offenses in late teens and early 20s.
Scovell said that one reason he chose to run for mayor was to increase the amount of positive activities offered to kids in Atascadero.
An investigation into the crash is ongoing.