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Man arrested for attending MADD meeting drunk

Gary Robinson, SWGA MADD Leader Gary Robinson, SWGA MADD Leader
Officer Sandra Matthews, Moultrie Police Department Officer Sandra Matthews, Moultrie Police Department
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MOULTRIE, GA (WALB) -

Mothers Against Drunk Driving officials said they were angry after several people showed up for a court mandated meeting after drinking.

According to a report, the meeting was a Victims Impact Panel held on Saturday. Leaders ended up calling police.

Authorities said five people had been drinking.

Breathalyzer tests determined that one person, 30-year-old Alfredo Lara was intoxicated, and the four others were below the legal limit.

Officers said Lara smelled of alcohol, and his speech was slurred.

Lara was charged with public drunkenness and taken to the Colquitt County Jail. He had a blood alcohol content of .082.

"It's never a good idea to show up intoxicated," said Officer Sandra Matthews with Moultrie Police. "You're there for that reason, maybe to learn, maybe to change your ways."

MADD officials said it was a sign of disrespect.

"This past Saturday was ridiculous," said Southwest Georgia MADD Leader Gary Robinson. "It's disrespectful for the victims who did show up to speak."

"It shows that they don't respect you, it shows that they don't care and that they will drink and drive again,” said MADD National Teen Influencer Dakota Baker.

The four others who had been drinking were ordered to leave the meeting that day, but were not charged.

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