R. Walsh

Outgoing Keizer City Councilor Richard M. Walsh was cited on suspicion of driving under the influence of intoxicants early New Year’s Day.

According to Keizer Police, an officer stopped a 2006 Ford Mustang driven by Walsh, 52, of Nicklaus Loop N. in Keizer, at about 1:12 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 1, for minor traffic violations. The stop was on McClure Street N. just north of Lockhaven Drive N. The suspect was asked to perform field sobriety tests, according to Keizer Police Capt. Jeff Kuhns.

Afterwards, Walsh was taken into custody at 1:29 a.m., Kuhns said. He was transported to the Keizer Police Department, where he was cited for one count of driving under the influence of intoxicants and released, police said.

“I have learned a valuable lesson that you can feel OK to drive and still be tested at .08 (blood alcohol content),” Walsh told the Keizertimes.

Walsh, who was appointed to the city council in 2000 and won two terms before opting not to seek re-election in 2010, is an attorney. His term on council expired January 3.