Chamber VP Apparently Back on Job

Masino, a former Suwanee mayor, was arrested for DUI late Wednesday.

Gwinnett Chamber VP Nick Masino apparently was back on the job Friday, after an arrest on DUI charges late Wednesday in Suwanee.

Masino's Twitter account (@nickmasino) contained several posts dated Friday related to Gwinnett business. He could not be reached for comment via phone or email relating to the arrest by Suwanee Police.

Masino, mayor of Suwanee from 2000-07, was jailed at the Gwinnett Detention Center late Wednesday; Suwanee Police observed his vehicle swerving on I-85 and later Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road before he pulled over to a Zaxby's restaurant. He did not complete a field sobriety test and was handcuffed and taken to jail. He was released on bond shortly after.

The next stop for the arrest matter would be either Suwanee Municipal Court or state court, depending on how Masino's attorneys handle the matter, Suwanee Police spokesperson Capt. Clyde Byers said Friday.

The arrest report showed that Masino feared for his professional future because of the incident. The arresting Suwanee officer quoted Masino as saying he "would lose his job" and that "this would be in the news tomorrow."

Gwinnett Chamber CEO Jim Maran has not been available for comment on Masino's arrest.

Masino also was named a co-defendant in a lawsuit vs. the Gwinnett Chamber by a business group calling itself Settles Bridge Farm LLC. That lawsuit accused Masino of trying to abort a land sale by Settles Bridge Farm in Suwanee via a phone call to Suwanee city officials in 2008.

Masino has denied that accusation in a legal response to the lawsuit.


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