WATERLOO – A City Council member elect has pleaded guilty to charges he was found drunk in Cedar Falls in October.
Christopher John Shimp, 32, entered a guilty plea to a charge of misdemeanor public intoxication in Black Hawk County magistrate court Wednesday, according to court records.
He agreed to pay a $100 fine along with court costs and surcharges, which will bring the total to $195, records state. He has until Dec. 29 to pay.
In the November election, Shimp beat candidate Cody Leistikow for the City Council’s Ward 5 seat to replace incumbent Ron Welper, who is stepping down.
A month before the election, on Oct. 13, University of Northern Iowa police received a report of a person who appeared to be intoxicated asking for a ride in the area of Dancer Hall around 11:05 p.m. A patrol officer responded and found Shimp stumbling on the sidewalk at Campus and West 20th streets.
Shimp stuck out his thumb when the squad car pulled up and asked the officer for a ride to Waterloo, court records state. Shimp had slurred speech, and when the officer asked, he said he had been drinking a lot of beer.
Shimp declined a breath test and was placed in handcuffs and taken to the UNI police department and later to the Black Hawk County Jail.
About an hour after the UNI officer’s contact with Shimp — at 12:13 a.m. — Cedar Falls police found Shimp’s vehicle unattended. It was parked near the Pointe West Apartments, 1950 W. 18th St., with its headlights and turn signal on, according to police. Authorities had the vehicle towed.
Following the arrest, Shimp issued a public apology for his actions, saying he made a mistake and would take full responsibility.