The mayor of Lake City has been charged with a DUI following an alcohol-related crash that happened in January.

The Florida Highway Patrol finished their investigation, which revealed that on Jan. 27, Mayor Stephen M. Witt, 64, was parked in a lot at 259 NE Hernando Ave. He started his vehicle, put it into gear, then exited his vehicle for an unknown reason. According to a Florida Highway Patrol report, Witt said he didn't realize he had left his car in drive.

His vehicle traveled across Lake Desoto Circle, over a curb and down into the Lake Desoto embankment where it submerged into four feet of water.

Witt obtained minor injuries.

Columbia County clerk records show his court arraignment is scheduled for March 30 at 8:30 a.m.