GASTON COUNTY, N.C. (QUEEN CITY NEWS) — A Lincoln County commissioner is facing multiple charges including DWI after being pulled over by police Monday night.
According to Gaston County Jail records, Anita Branch McCall faces DWI, possession of an open container, and reckless driving charges stemming from a Sept. 18 incident.
The police report states McCall was arrested at 8:16 p.m. along Interstate 85 South, at Exit 13 (Edgewood Road) in Bessemer City.
Records list the 57-year-old McCall being released from jail before 6 a.m. Tuesday. She is the second Lincoln County commissioner to be arrested for DWI in the last two years. Carroll Mitchem was charged in June 2022.
According to the Lincoln County website, McCall’s term expires in December 2024.
Statement from Lincoln County Government:
“We are aware of the charges regarding Commissioner McCall and we are currently assessing the matter at hand and therefore have no further comment at this time.”
In a statement, the Lincoln County Republican Party hopes she seeks help related to the matter.
“Our party executive committee learned of the incident much like everyone else has through the media. We certainly do not condone driving under the influence by anyone.”
“Commissioner McCall will have her day in court like any other citizen and we hope that she will seek any help that is necessary to prevent an incident such as a this from happening again.”