SAN ANTONIO - A bench in back of City Hall was not where Alan Warrick planned to end up Friday morning.
Speaking with KSAT 12 for the first time after video was released of Warrick sleeping on a bench outside City Hall around 6 a.m. Friday, the councilman said he does not remember several hours of the night beforehand.
"I was in a car to go home. I really don't know what happened and how I ended up at City Hall. And again, allowing myself to be in that situation is really the mistake that I made," Warrick said.
Warrick said he doesn't remember anything between being at On The Rocks Pub and City Hall, located a little more than a half-mile away. He said based on his phone and bar records, he got in an Uber around 2:30 a.m., which dropped him off somewhere on St. Mary's Street.
But it's voters, not an Uber, who will decide whether to bring Warrick back to City Hall for another term. He faces William "Cruz" Shaw in the June 10 runoff election.
District 2 resident Virginia Lees said she had been on the fence about the election before she heard about what happened with Warrick. She said if her voter registration card arrives in time, she plans to vote against Warrick.
"That's definitely a red flag," Lees said. "So I would say nix to him."
Shaw has called for Warrick to withdraw from the race.
"If he does have a problem, I would like to see him step down and deal with that issue," Shaw said Thursday. "But if he doesn't, then that's a personal issue. That's between him, his wife and his kids — his family," Warrick said.
Warrick said nothing like this will happen again and there's no way he's dropping out of the race.
"If you look at what's happened in Bexar County over the last year, year and a half, with Kevin Wolff, Senator Uresti — these folks are still in office. These folks are still doing the work of the people."
Unlike those two, Warrick said he doesn't have any legal problems from the incident.
The councilman also has his supporters, such as Karroll Blye, who said she cast her ballot for Warrick on Wednesday.
"I don't know what happened," she said. "I'm looking at the man as a person that is available to do the job and is doing the job. And I hope he gets the opportunity to finish what he started."
Warrick said the vast majority of his constituents have been supportive. He won't find out how supportive they are for sure until all the ballots have been cast.
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