WINNIPEG — It was the Chief of police who called Mayor Brian Bowman after councillor Ross Eadie spent hours in the drunk tank over the weekend.
Bowman received the call Saturday morning from the city’s top cop.
Eadie spent Friday night at a number of Exchange District bars drinking. He passed out in a cab on his way home and that’s when police were called.
The Mynarski councillor admits he was verbally abusive and likely belligerent with officers.
He was taken to the Main St. Project drunk tank to sleep it off.
Bowman said Chief Devon Clunis reached out over concerns for the councillors health and in an attempt to find an emergency contact who could pick him up.
Bowman said they were unable to find a family member or alternative to help out and Eadie was released before they were able to make contact with anyone.
Bowman does not believe it was a breach of privacy.
“I’m thankful we have a Chief of police who cares this much,” said Bowman.
Eadie released a statement Tuesday afternoon apologizing to the mayor and the mayor’s staff after meeting with Winnipeg police.
Eadie said that proper protocol was followed after he was told how the events unfolded, “There was no undue treatment regarding this call to the Mayor. I was unable to provide an address of someone who would take charge of a very drunk person. Given I work at city hall with the Mayor and his office, there was a logical attempt to find an alternative to the Main Street Project on my behalf.”
Councillor Ross Eadie’s full statement:
I have met with the Winnipeg Police Service today (Tuesday, November 10, 2015). My summary of the events during the early morning of November 7, 2015 has been described in detail starting with the taxi ride and subsequent detention by the WPS who delivered me to the Main Street Project. Given this detail, it has become very clear to me why the Mayor was called about the situation:
There was no undo treatment regarding this call to the Mayor. I was unable to provide an address of someone who would take charge of a very drunk person. Given I work at city hall with the Mayor and his office, there was a logical attempt to find an alternative to the Main Street Project on my behalf.
Given the unexpected media call I received on Sunday, I was only able to report what I knew. It was very unclear as to who leaked the situation. So, I mentioned my concern about the Mayor being called about a personal issue in my life. How was I to know what the Free Press reporter knew or did not know. What is clear is I owe the Mayor an apology due to my inappropriate actions. I also owe an apology to the Mayor’s staff.
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