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Pinellas Democratic Party chairman charged with DUI

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August

The chair of the Pinellas County Democratic Party, Mark Hanisee, was arrested earlier this month on a charge of driving under the influence, his third such arrest.

Pinellas County sheriff deputies pulled over Hanisee, 54, on the night of Aug. 11, for driving without his headlights, a fact first reported by SaintPetersBlog. They made note of a “strong odor of alcoholic beverage” and Hanisee’s "bloodshot & watery" eyes, according to his arrest report.

His blood-alcohol content was recorded at .237. Florida law presumes a driver is impaired when blood alcohol is above 0.08 percent.

Records show that Hanisee spent two nights in the Pinellas County jail before being released on Aug. 13 on a $750 bond.

Hanisee’s two previous DUI arrests occurred in 2001 and 1997. He could not be reached for comment.

[Last modified: Monday, August 26, 2013 12:03pm]

    

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