Former Edwards campaign aide charged with DWI
Posted June 9, 2014
Raleigh, N.C. — 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.