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Hendersonville Alderman Angie Hedberg pleaded guilty in Cheatham County General Sessions Court Wednesday afternoon to driving under the influence after a May 16 arrest in Pleasant View.
Last week, Hedberg also pleaded guilty in Davidson County to driving under the influence after a July 18 incident in which she was allegedly witnessed driving erratically from her neighborhood in Sumner County to Davidson County.
Hedberg, who was elected to serve Ward 3 in November, was sentenced to serve 11 months and 29 days for the Cheatham County incident. The sentence will be suspended after she serves 48 hours, said Cheatham County General Sessions Court Clerk Julie Hibbs.
Hedberg will report to the Cheatham County Jail this Friday, Sept. 29 to serve her time. The remainder of her sentence will be on probation, according to Hibbs.
In the May 16 incident in Pleasant view, Hedberg reportedly got in a minor accident and then got a ride to a nearby gas station.
Cheatham County Deputy Jacob Kent said Hedberg smelled of alcohol, had blood-shot eyes and slurred speech, but denied consuming alcohol, according to the police.
In an interview with the USA TODAY NETWORK-Tennessee last week, Hedberg said that she has been trying to fight the charge in Cheatham.
"It’s not a valid charge," she said. "I should have never been charged with a DUI."
Still, Hedberg said she planned to plead guilty to the charge. "It’s the best thing for me to do to move on with my life," she said.
Hedberg explained that something happened in her personal life, and that, she said, has led her to make some bad decisions.
"But my behavior in the past couple of months is not a reflection of my past," she said.