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Rep. Dane Eagle, former Crist aide, arrested Monday for DUI



Updated at 10:46 a.m. with Rep. Eagle statement:

Rep. Dane Eagle, R-Cape Coral, was arrested Monday morning and charged with DUI, according to the Tallahassee police.

Probable cause affidavit: Dane Eagle 

Eagle, 30, was driving a black SUV at about 1:50 a.m. after leaving a Taco Bell on W. Tennessee Street. A Tallahassee police officer noticed that the SUV turned left, striking a raised median, and turned back. It crossed into the intersection of Caliark Street and Tennessee, past the stop bar and waited at a red light.

When the light turned green, the officer watched as the SUV made a U-turn and almost struck the curb near the Papa John's Pizza at the intersection of Stadium and W. Tennessee St. near the Florida State University campus. Traveling at about 45 mph in a 35 mph zone, the SUV then veered right and struck a raised curb. After it didn't brake and passed through the Dewey Street and Tennessee at a red light, the officer turned his lights on pulled it over.

As the SUV pulled over, it struck the concrete curve.

"Before I made contact with the driver, I could smell the strong odor of alcoholic beverage coming from the passenger compartment," the report states. "When (Eagle) spoke, I could smell the strong odor of alcoholic beverage coming from his breath. The defendant's eyes were bloodshot, watery and glassy. The defendant denied consuming any alcoholic beverages."

When the officer asked him to step out of the vehicle, Eagle "stumbled to his left and fell against the rear passenger door of his vehicle."

Denying again that he consumed alcohol, Eagle told the officer he had been with friends in his vehicle earlier and they were at a bar. He declined to do a field sobriety test.

The officer arrested him for DUI. He then refused a breath test.

On Tuesday morning, Eagle's office released a statement:

“I was arrested in Tallahassee and accused of driving under the influence of alcohol. 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 publically 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.”

Eagle was an aide to Charlie Crist when he was governor.

[Last modified: Tuesday, April 22, 2014 7:19pm]


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