LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A Democratic congressional candidate in Arkansas has been arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated after he was pulled over in Fayetteville.
Herb Rule was released from the Washington County jail early Friday morning after he was arrested on charges of improper lane use, failure to use signal device, DWI and violation of the implied consent law.
Fayetteville police say an officer pulled over Rule after seeing his car drift between lanes and traveling below the speed limit. The police report said the officer smelled the odor of "intoxicating beverages" coming from Rule and his vehicle. Police say Rule failed a field sobriety test but refused to take a blood alcohol test.
Rule is challenging Republican Congressman Tim Griffin.
Herb Rule's campaign made this statement:
"While returning to his hotel last night after meeting with friends and
supporters in Northwest Arkansas and having dinner, Rule was stopped by Fayetteville Police for failing to signal a lane change. Rule had dinner two hours before being stopped. Rule said, "I was not drunk. I was in complete control of my faculties. I will fight the charges vigorously and will win. The arrest was without cause and I refused the breathalyzer and blood test as permitted by law."
"Rule met in Springdale this morning to speak to the convention of the Arkansas Association of Counties about the need to create more jobs and support better education. He thanked the County officials for their steadfast service in keeping to their budgets and providing incomparable service to the people of Arkansas."
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