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Ohio lawmaker quits after DUI arrest

COLUMBUS, Ohio, July 18 (UPI) -- An Ohio legislator who police said was arrested on drunken driving charges with a stripper in his car and Viagra in his system has resigned.

State Rep. Robert Mecklenborg, a Republican from the Cincinnati area, announced his resignation Sunday but made it effective Aug. 2 so he will be paid for all of July, The Columbus Dispatch reported.

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He apologized "for any pain and embarrassment I have caused my family, my constituents and my colleagues."

Mecklenborg, 59, chairman of the State Government and Elections Committee, sponsored a bill to make voters show photo identification.

Mecklenborg had an expired license when pulled over by an Indiana state trooper April 23, but it emerged last week that four days later he signed a driver's license application in Ohio stating that he had no outstanding vehicle citations.

He has pleaded not guilty to DUI and is to appear in court July 26. A police video shows him repeatedly telling a trooper that he had not had been drinking as he failed three sobriety tests.

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