Michael Williams is hoping east Auckland will forgive him after being convicted of drink driving.
In an open letter today the Howick Local Board chairman says he made a mistake.
''I had too much to drink, got in my car and drove, endangering the safety of other road users and for this I am very sorry,'' he says.
Today he pleaded guilty to a charge of driving with excess blood alcohol and was given an $850 fine plus costs and lost his licence for seven months.
Mr Williams says a charge of failing to accompany a police officer was dropped after he outlined his defence.
''I am normally very careful about drinking and driving and this is the first time I have ever appeared in court facing charges.
''I am extremely embarrassed.
''I have made an apology to the police, who I greatly respect, and who do a tremendous job, often in trying circumstances.
''It is my hope that people will forgive me and support me to continue to work hard for the benefit of the community.''
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