Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Fenton Mayor Who Allegedly Misled Police on Hit-and-Run Withstands Calls for Resignation

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Fenton Mayor Who Allegedly Misled Police on Hit-and-Run Withstands Calls for Resignation

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FENTON - After several residents called for Mayor Joshua Voyles to resign Thursday night for allegedly misleading police investigating a hit-and-run he later admitted to, the Board of Aldermen voted down three attempts to take action against him.

Voyles, 37, drove home after hitting a truck parked at a nearby home Dec. 16 but told responding officers that he had been drinking at a bar and that a friend had brought him home and another friend drove home his vehicle, according to a St. Louis County police report. Voyles' car had damage, his breath smelled of alcohol and his speech was slurred, the report said.

Because Voyles was inside his house, and not behind the wheel, the officer didn't test his blood-alcohol level.

Voyles confessed days later. He was not charged in the incident after the owner of the truck told police he would not pursue prosecution if his truck were repaired. Police closed the case after confirming with Voyles' insurance company on Jan. 17 that the truck was undergoing about $5,100 in repairs.

Voyles apologized Thursday before a nearly packed house after saying he didn't believe the issue should be on the agenda because it's "a personal matter."

"First off, I did make a mistake and I truly am sorry," he said. "I have owned up to it, I have accepted responsibility, and I'm working hard to make it right."

Five people at the meeting spoke and called on Voyles to resign, to applause from most of the people in the council chambers.

"When a mayor is willing to lie to the police, he is most certainly willing to lie to the public," said Scott Maserang, 46.

Dan Hagen, 65, disputed Voyles' claim that it was a personal matter.

"For this as a top public elected official in the city of Fenton, it's more than personal," he said. "You have an image to maintain for the city."

During a lengthy board discussion, Alderman Bob Brasses, who is challenging Voyles in the April 2 mayoral election, motioned three times for the board to take some type of action against Voyles. …

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