On Monday April 21, Southwest Florida state Representative Dane Eagle was pulled over after running a red light and striking a curb. Eagle, 30, was accused of drunken driving and subsequently arrested after refusing to submit to a field sobriety test, according to news articles at Naples News. The incident occurred in the area near Florida State University.
Eagle had just left a Taco Bell near the university when Tallahassee police noticed him driving in a manner that made them suspect he was intoxicated. After pulling Eagle over, the police report indicated that Eagle exited the vehicle, then stumbled before falling against the rear passenger side door. He claimed that he had not been drinking. When the police officer noticed a strong odor of alcoholic beverages, Eagle said that the reason for the smell was that friends who had been at a bar had been riding around with him. After refusing to perform a field sobriety test, Eagle told the officer that he was “good to get home.
Eagle filed HB 1435 earlier this year; this legislation would require that elected officials be drug tested within 60 days of being re-elected or taking office. HB 1435 won’t pass this legislative session, as it did not receive a committee hearing. Continue reading →