Norfolk Councilman Arrested for DUI, Refusal to Submit

NORFOLK - A Norfolk City Councilman was arrested early this  morning for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol and refusal to submit to a chemical test. Police Captain Michael Bauer says Joshua Moenning, 35, was arrested about 1:15 this morning after officers were called to the 200 block of North 10th Street to a report of a vehicle parked in the middle of the street for an extended period of time. Bauer says the responding officer detected the odor of an alcoholic beverage within the vehicle, and arrested Moenning after a field sobriety test and preliminary breath test. At the Norfolk City Jail, Moenning allegedly refused to submit to a chemical test for alcohol. Moenning is the district director for First District Congressman Jeff Fortenberry and was elected as Third Ward Norfolk City Councilman in November of 2012. He was held in the Norfolk City Jail and later released on cash bond. In a written statement, Moenning accepted responsibility for the incident and apologized to his family and others who have placed their trust in him. He says he will let the legal process take its course and accept the consequences. Congressman Jeff Fortenberry has issued a statement supporting Moenning. Fortenberry says Moenning has been loyal to him and to the people of Nebraska and is "deeply distraught by his mistake."