The media has already begun to lampoon State Rep. Dane Eagle after his arrest last month. At the time, he released a brief statement declaring his innocence and explained that he would not elaborate until a later date on the advice of his DUI-defense attorney.
Since then, media outlets have begun to use Eagle as an example of morally flawed politicians, even though his trial hasn’t begun. Recently, the legislator made good on his promise to explain his actions during a press conference.
According to News-Press, the incident occurred early in the morning on the day after Easter. Eagle admits to drinking on Easter, but says that he only had a few beers during the early afternoon and didn’t have anything to drink during the evening.
He explained that he was extremely tired and hungry when he made the decision to drive to Taco Bell. At approximately 2 a.m., an officer pulled him over for swerving.
Eagle says that it was dangerous to drive when he was so fatigued and even admits that he was eating while driving.
Eagle Will Fight the DUI Charge on the Grounds That He Was Merely Fatigued
Eagle apologized to his family, coworkers and constituents, saying that he exercised poor judgement that night. He maintains that he does not have a drinking problem and was not drunk at the time.
He says that, in hindsight, he should have consented to the breath test to prove his innocence. In either case, refusing the test will earn him a year-long license suspension per Florida law.
During the arrest, the police officer noted that the vehicle smelled of alcohol and that Rep. Eagle stumbled when exiting the vehicle. The legislator says that his fatigue caused him to trip and blamed the smell on his friends who were drinking at a bar before the stop.
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Florida Woman Fighting DUI Manslaughter Charges
Sarah Walker’s trial had a rocky start. The prosecution mistakenly filed the wrong charges against her before entering DUI manslaughter charges. According to WCTV News, the 25-year-old reached a plea deal with the prosecution and pleaded guilty to DUI with property damage.
Shortly afterward, the prosecution asked the judge to vacate the plea, because they suspected that her DUI-defense attorney planned to use the deal to ask that the charges be dismissed on double jeopardy grounds based on the original charges.
The judge vacated the charges, but it is worth noting that the attorney did not ask for a dismissal even after entering the plea. Walker plans to fight the charges.
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