PORT ORANGE, Fla. (CBS Tampa) – A man who was once named Citizen of the Year has now been arrested six times in the past five years for making meth.
The Daytona Beach News-Journal is reporting that 66-year-old Pete Atwood, a formerly revered community member, was most recently arrested last month for making meth in the Town & Country Motel.
During the Feb. 10 arrest, he was said to have been with two women – one of whom was only 21 years of age.
His fall from grace was especially severe in 2012, when he reportedly left Jayne Atwood, his wife of 36 years, and drained their combined finances to such a degree that she was forced to apply for food stamps.
He was also arrested three times in relation to making meth that year.
Jayne Atwood hypothesized that his drug addiction stemmed from his use of pain killers following a car accident that happened in 1992.
“His is a story of a real community tragedy and a real personal tragedy,” John E. Evans, a former acquaintance of Atwood’s, told the paper. “I don’t know what happened to him.”