New Orleans councilman seeks treatment after DWI

Jared Brossett

New Orleans City Councilman Jared Brossett says he is checking into an in-patient treatment program after a weekend DWI arrest.

Brossett was arrested after being involved in a wreck early Sunday morning.

Read the councilman's statement below:

The last 48 hours have been very difficult for me and my family.
Due to the series of events that have recently occurred, after discussions with my primary care physician and my family, I am entering into an in-patient treatment program today.
I want to sincerely apologize to my family, particularly my mother, my colleagues, the citizens of New Orleans, all those involved and everyone that I have disappointed.
To all those that I have let down, I cannot express show profoundly sorrowful I am.
During this extremely difficult time I ask for your prayers as I commit myself to the hard work of becoming a better person.

New Orleans Ccit council members Jay Banks, Kristin Gisleson-Palmer, and Cyndi Nguyen released a statement about Brossett’s decision to get treatment, saying, "There is no excuse for driving while impaired. We are relieved that no one was killed or seriously injured, but Jared must be held accountable for his actions.”

It continues, “On the personal side, alcoholism is a disease; it is no different than diabetes or cancer in that no one wants to get it. As our friend and colleague, we are hoping that Jared gets the help that he needs."