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Florida lawmaker arrested on DUI charge after Taco Bell trip

Rep. Dane Eagle was arrested on a charge of driving under the influence early Monday morning.
By Evan Bleier   |   April 22, 2014 at 3:44 PM   |   Comments

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla., April 22 (UPI) -- A Florida lawmaker was arrested after he stopped at a Taco Bell in Tallahassee early Monday morning – and it wasn’t because he was trying to get something off the chain’s new breakfast menu.

Republican Rep. Dane Eagle was arrested on a charge of driving under the influence after he allegedly ran a red light following a stop at Taco Bell. Before Eagle was pulled over, officers allegedly saw Eagle pull a U-turn and hit a curb.

Officers reported that Eagle smelled of alcohol and that his eyes were “bloodshot and watery.”

Eagle told officers he thought the light was yellow and that his car smelled of alcohol because he had been driving friends who had been at a bar. He told officers he was “good to get home” but was taken to the Leon County Jail instead.

The 29-year-old was elected to the Florida House in 2012. He issued a written statement about the situation through a legislative aide to the News-Press:

“I was arrested in Tallahassee and accused of driving under the influence of alcohol,” Eagle wrote. “While there are some decisions that I would have made differently, I do not believe there is a complete and accurate picture of the events. Under advice of my legal counsel, I cannot discuss all the details right now, but I look forward to publicly sharing the entire story at an appropriate time. Until then, I humbly ask for everyone's patience. I know that I am accountable for my actions, and I look forward to communicating with my constituents in the near future on this matter.”


[The Tallahassee Democrat]
[The News-Press]

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