Source says City Council candidate Paul Love consumed alcohol on night of arrest

A source at McNally's Irish Pub said they saw city council candidate Paul Love consume alcohol there on the night he was arrested on suspicion of DWI. (Garrett Bergquist/KRCG 13)

A source at McNally’s Irish Pub on Friday confirmed city council candidate Paul Love drank there on the night he was arrested on suspicion of DWI.

Columbia police arrested Paul Love on Monday night on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. An officer found Love unconscious in the driver’s seat of his car at the intersection of Providence Road and Ash Street. Police said a field sobriety test yielded a BAC of .119. Love has maintained this resulted from his diabetes. During an exclusive interview with KRCG 13 Wednesday, Love was asked directly if he had consumed alcohol. He replied that his lawyer advised him to limit himself to his statement concerning his diabetes. A source at McNally’s said they saw him consume alcohol that night. They did not wish to be identified.

Love is challenging two-term incumbent Michael Trapp in the race for Columbia’s Second Ward city council seat. Trapp said he’s disappointed by Love’s willingness to blame a medical condition but refusal to answer directly whether or not he was drinking that night.

“That’s either a political coverup or denial behavior, and that’s typical what you see in drunk-driving behavior,” he said.

Love told KRCG 13 on Friday he has retained the services of an attorney and is waiting for information to come out. He said he plans to plead not guilty to any charges. When asked directly if he was at McNally’s Monday night, he replied that he believed media reports suggested he was.

Love's attorney, Andrew Popplewell, said he pleaded not guilty to a municipal DWI charge. They are now awaiting the results of a blood test performed at the hospital that night. Popplewell said a court date has not yet been set.

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