LORAIN — Councilman Angel Arroyo, D-6th Ward, pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor charges stemming from his arrest over the weekend.
Arroyo appeared Tuesday in Lorain Municipal Court and pleaded not guilty to charges of obstructing official business, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct by intoxication, disorderly conduct persisting and disturbing the peace.
A Lorain police report said he was arrested early Saturday and charged with not complying with police orders while drunk and refusing to leave the front yard of a house on Jenee Drive. When police arrived on the scene, Arroyo allegedly smelled of alcohol and told police he was run over by the person in the house, Alberto Calo, and wanted to confront him.
Calo, Arroyo’s friend, told police they were celebrating the councilman’s Dec. 2 birthday at Diso’s Bistro on Oberlin Avenue when Arroyo allegedly became heavily intoxicated and wanted to drive home. Calo took Arroyo’s car keys, giving them to Arroyo’s wife, to prevent him from driving, which eventually led to Calo having to drag Arroyo from in front of his car so Calo could leave, according to the police report.
Police reportedly offered to park Arroyo’s vehicle in a safe place and give him a ride home, but he insisted that he didn’t want to leave Calo’s front yard. Because of his lack of cooperation and refusal to leave, police told Arroyo he was under arrest for disorderly conduct, according to the report.
Arroyo issued a public statement concerning his arrest at the Lorain City Council meeting Monday night, saying “I always tell the kids I work with, take responsibility for your actions, and I will do that.”
He also apologized to his fellow Council members, family, friends and supporters. Arroyo also thanked Lorain police “for doing their job.”
Arroyo’s attorney, JD Tomlinson, said he couldn’t comment on the facts of the case since he doesn’t have all the information.
“I’m proud of the way Angel is kind of confronting this head on,” Tomlinson said. “He’s indicated his disappointment with even putting himself in this kind of position. To me, that’s what a leader does.”
A pretrial for Arroyo’s case is scheduled for 1 p.m. Jan. 17 in Lorain Municipal Court.