Councilman Alan Warrick (D2) retracted a previous statement he made Friday about being drugged at On the Rocks basement bar Thursday night. He retracted the statement after the bar owner, Justin Vitek, reviewed surveillance footage of the night and determined that no one had put anything in Warrick’s drink.

Warrick was found asleep on a bench outside of City Hall early Friday morning by security guards. He said he did not recall anything from the night before and thought he had only three drinks, though Vitek said Warrick was drunk that night and the bar staff had offered to order him a ride home.

Warrick suggested that political tricks could have been at play, as he is facing local attorney William “Cruz” Shaw in a runoff election on June 10 for the District 2 City Council seat. Greg Jefferson, a spokesman for Shaw’s campaign, said that Warrick’s allegation of political dirty tricks is “absurd.”

On Saturday, after Vitek reviewed surveillance footage, Warrick posted the following statement on his Facebook profile:

“I first want to apologize to my wife, the people of District 2, the people of San Antonio, Justin Vitek and the On The Rocks Pub for all the confusion. I have spoken to the bar owner and he has reviewed the videos and it seems like I just had too much to drink.

“I was celebrating a friend’s birthday and don’t remember any of the night after midnight. I have never had this type of memory lapse with alcohol use which is why I thought I must have been drugged,” he said. “I do not know how I ended up at City Hall but I do know I was not driving and have learned that lesson from my College days. I take full responsibility for my actions and have not stopped doing the necessary work for District 2. And I will never let this happen again.

“I thank all of you for your words of support and encouragement and will continue to work tirelessly to reflect the wishes of the people of District 2. I also want to apologize to Mr. Shaw,” Warrick continued. “I am sure this distraction was unnecessary to his campaign and I look forward to finishing this and pulling the District together on June 10th … ”

“We are glad that councilman Warrick is ok and did not get drugged,” Vitek said in a statement to the Rivard Report. “We would like to thank him for clearing up any confusion there may have been. The safety of our customers is obviously a high priority for us.”

Shaw, however, called on Warrick to withdraw from the runoff District 2 City Council race.

“His actions over the last two days have been utterly unacceptable,” Shaw said in a statement to the Rivard Report. “District 2’s Council representative drank until he passed out Thursday night in front of City Hall. To cover his tracks, he lied, making up a wild story about being drugged and dragged to the bench outside City Hall.

“Councilman Warrick is deeply troubled,” Shaw continued. “He should get the help he clearly needs, for his own sake and that of his family. District 2 has many needs, and Alan Warrick has failed to meet them. We can’t afford to have a City Council member who’s erratic, ineffective, and distracted by his own problems.”

Warrick had previously sent out a campaign blast Friday titled “It Could Happen to Anyone,” saying he felt fine and opted not to visit a doctor Friday morning. Warrick also provided a link on his Facebook page with tips on how people can protect themselves and their friends from date rape drugs.

“We don’t take this kind of [accusation] lightly,” Vitek said Saturday. “In the [two] and a half years we’ve been open we’ve never had anyone come to us saying they have been drugged from anyone at our establishment.”

Rocío Guenther

Rocío Guenther worked as a bilingual reporter and editorial assistant for the Rivard Report from June 2016 to October 2017. She is originally from Guadalajara, Mexico and holds a bachelor's in English...

Camille Garcia

Camille Garcia is a journalist born and raised in San Antonio. She formerly worked at the San Antonio Report as assistant editor and reporter. Her email is camillenicgarcia@gmail.com