MURRIETA, October 17, 2014 — Murrieta is the city that captured the attention of the national news cycle in July of this year, when town residents protested against the delivery of buses of illegal immigrants from Central America being processed and detained at the Murrieta Border Patrol station. Murrieta was the most publicized small town in America in 2014. Murrieta was also recently recognized nationally as the 4th safest city in America. It is the 4th safest city – unless you happen to be driving with the Mayor driving behind you.
One of the central figures in the news coverage was Murrieta Mayor Alan Long. This morning, Mayor Long, seeking re-election to the Murrieta City Council, is in the news again. This time, as an individual arrested for driving while intoxicated and while in said condition, rear-ending a vehicle with 4 area teens.
Here is the City’s official Press Release:
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
||PRESS RELEASE #1410M-3656|
|Subject :||DUI / Major Injury Traffic Collision|
|Contact :||Ron Driscoll, Lieutenant 951-461-6377
|On Thursday, 10-16-14 at 2018 hours officers responded to the intersection of Jefferson Avenue and Lily Avenue in the City of Murrieta regarding an injury traffic collision. Officers arrived and determined a full-sized truck had collided into the rear of a passenger vehicle. The truck and passenger vehicle were both traveling southbound on Jefferson Avenue at Lily Avenue at the time of the collision.Officers contacted the occupants of the passenger vehicle—all four occupants were identified as juveniles with ages ranging from 14-17 years old. All four occupants were Murrieta Valley High School students and sustained moderate to major injuries. The juveniles were transported to area hospitals for treatment of their injuries.Officers contacted the driver of the truck who was the sole occupant of his vehicle. The driver had signs and symptoms consistent with alcohol impairment. The driver participated in some standardized field sobriety tests, and officers determined that the driver was in fact impaired. The driver of the truck was identified as Alan William Long—44-year-old Murrieta resident and Mayor for the City of Murrieta.Mr. Long was arrested for 23153(a) of the California Vehicle Code – Driving while under the influence causing injury. Mr. Long was booked at the Southwest Detention Center in Murrieta.|
Here’s a section of the Mayor’s bio on the City’s website:
Alan Long was elected in November 2010 with the highest number of votes. Married to his Jr. High sweetheart, Alan and his wife have been part of Murrieta since the early 1970’s. They believe the true strength of any community is the families that live within it. Alan has stated, “A city can have great managers and great city council members, but without great families their efforts will be in vain.” Murrieta has great families!
Alan and his wife believe that strong family values directly and indirectly contribute to a healthy community. Giving back to the community has always been important to Alan and his wife. When they married, they both started giving back to the community that gave so much to them.
They Volunteer as Sunday School Teachers, Youth Group Leaders, Coaches and Crisis Counselors for at-risk youth.
Sometimes “Family Values” aren’t quite as advertised. Hopefully there are ‘Crisis Counselors’ for at-risk Mayors. There are attorneys at least. We’ll follow up with developments on this story as they become available.