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Former Edwards campaign aide charged with DWI

Posted June 9, 2014

Andrew Young, the former aide to then-presidential candidate John Edwards and the author of a tell-all book about the 2008 campaign, was arrested in Raleigh over the weekend, charged with driving while impaired and misdemeanor child abuse.
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— Andrew Young, the former aide to then-presidential candidate John Edwards and the author of a tell-all book about the 2008 campaign, was arrested in Raleigh over the weekend, charged with driving while impaired and misdemeanor child abuse. 

Officers stopped Young on Rock Quarry Road at about 11:45 p.m. Sunday. According to court records, Young told police he was coming home from a concert at Walnut Creek Amphitheater, where he had consumed four beers.

Officers were alerted to Young's condition, according to the record of his arrest, after he was "involved in a road rage incident where he punched a vehicle." That arrest report said Young had red, glassy eyes and slurred speech and that he refused a field sobriety test. 

Young, 48, of 5016 Thomas Berry Way in Chapel Hill, is the father of two sons and a daughter. He had a child in the car at the time of his arrest. 

It is not his first time being charged with DWI. He was convicted in 2006 on DWI and possession of alcohol on city property.

Young, who told police his current occupation is "self-employed consultant," was a key witness for the prosecution in Edwards' federal trial on charges he accepted illegal campaign contributions and used them to cover up an affair and the child that resulted. A jury acquitted Edwards on one charge on May 31, 2012, but couldn't reach a verdict on the other five, forcing the judge to declare a mistrial. 

Young testified that Edwards asked him to solicit donations from high-dollar supporters to keep mistress Rielle Hunter happy and said that Edwards had assured him and his wife that the payments were legal and weren't campaign contributions. Edwards' defense team pointed the finger back at Young, alleging he kept money intended for Edwards for himself.

Young's long relationship with Edwards devolved as reports of the former U.S. senator's secret dealings came to light, and Young cashed in with a 2010 memoir, "The Politician."

Young posted $2,000 bond and was released from custody around 4 a.m. Monday.

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  • Jump1 Jun 10, 2014

    But he will have a good lawyer...

  • aqualung Jun 10, 2014

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    Not the least of which was claiming to be the father of Edwards' love child. In his dreams!

  • disgusted2010 Jun 9, 2014

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    We DON'T care about the people, what concerns us is how low WRAL has sunk in pursuit of the scandal du jour and how much of a tabloid it has become.

  • carrboroyouth Jun 9, 2014

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    You must be right - for me, four beers over the period of a concert isn't that much - but if they were those large cans, that would be different for sure.

  • busyb97 Jun 9, 2014

    It only made the headline because of who he worked for and the scandal that he was involved in years ago. Otherwise, no one cares!

  • Nicki Baker Jun 9, 2014
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    Evidently that Luke Bryan concert was awesome. Not a great example for the child though. Other than that, don't see where this is news worthy. I mean, I know of a wreck in Clinton that deserves more air time to ser where the investigation is going. That's news-nothing to jump the gun over, but something worth reading.

  • Earth Brooks Jun 9, 2014

    "According to court records, Young told police he was coming home from a concert at Walnut Creek Amphitheater, where he had consumed four beers."

    Are'nt the beers at WC really big beers, like 22 oz or more?

  • TTSCP Jun 9, 2014

    The DWI is not as bad as having anything to do with Edwards.

  • Backtothemountains Jun 9, 2014

    Just occurred to me that even though most of don't care...we posted, So my message to this story and the people involved....go away. Thank you.

  • Grant Boettcher Jun 9, 2014
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    is this news? no. move along.

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