Pittsburgh mayoral candidate will plead to DUI

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A self-described community activist running an underdog campaign for Pittsburgh mayor has apologized and said he’ll plead guilty to drunken driving charges — after first claiming the charges were a “weak, feeble attempt to discredit” him.

Thirty-six-year-old Abdula Jamal Richardson was arrested after police say they found him about 3 a.m. Wednesday slumped over the wheel of a minivan, whose engine was still running.

Police say in a criminal complaint that Richardson refused a blood test and “became verbally hostile stating that he was going to be mayor repeatedly” and berating two officers who, like Richardson, are black for being “subservient to the white man.”

Richardson told reporters after a court appearance Wednesday that he wasn’t guilty, but apologized at a candidate’s debate later that night and acknowledged he had been drinking.

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