Murrieta Mayor Alan Long was arrested Thursday after crashing his car into a vehicle carrying teens from Murrieta Valley High School.

By Matt Stevens
October 20, 2014

The mayor of Murrieta resigned Monday after being arrested Thursday on suspicion of seriously injuring four high school students while driving drunk.

Alan Long’s attorney, Virginia Blumenthal, insisted, though, that the former mayor’s blood-alcohol level was below the legal limit at the time of the accident, adding that his resignation was “not an admission of guilt.”

“Every place he goes, this comes up, and it casts aspersions upon the city,” Blumenthal said in a phone interview.

“Anytime you have a public official, you will always have cries for resignation. Because he’s mayor, you go out to ceremonial occasions. And you’d rather focus on the event at hand than be asked personal questions – and that’s what would happen.”

Long, 44, of Murrieta, was driving south on Jefferson Avenue toward Lily Avenue in a full-sized truck about 8:18 p.m. when he crashed into the rear of the students’ vehicle, according to a police statement.

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