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Representative issues statement after DUI arrest

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

Eagle, 30, was driving a black SUV about 1:50 a.m. after leaving a Taco Bell. 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 Street, 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 a Papa John's Pizza near the Florida State University campus. Traveling 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 a red light, the officer turned his lights on and pulled it over. The SUV struck the concrete curb.

"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."

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.

On Tuesday, Eagle released a statement:

"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 publicly sharing the entire story at an appropriate time."

We should note that Eagle this year sponsored HB 1435, which requires certain public officers to undergo drug tests.

Report: Income not reported

Former Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll failed to report thousands of dollars she earned from a veterans charity that was accused of running an illegal gambling operation, newly released documents show.

Carroll abruptly resigned in March 2013 after state investigators questioned the work she did for Allied Veterans of the World. She denied any wrongdoing.

Documents obtained by the Associated Press show Carroll's company was paid nearly $100,000 by Allied Veterans in 2009 and 2010 for her work as a public relations consultant. Most of the money was then transferred to her personal banking account.

But Carroll, who was a state legislator at the time, did not report earning that much on mandatory financial disclosure forms she filed with the state or on her federal income tax filings. She changed them only after she was questioned by state investigators.

It was during the investigation that Carroll's attorney turned over her 2010 income tax filing. Investigators noted she reported to the IRS earning $48,000, but Allied Veterans records showed they had paid Carroll's company $72,000 that year.

FDLE agents eventually concluded Carroll did not break any laws, but the law enforcement agency has asked the state ethics commission to review the case to see whether Carroll violated financial disclosure laws.

Carroll said Tuesday that a couple of checks she received for the work she did for Allied were not recorded.

"It was an oversight, so it was corrected," said Carroll, who also said she returned some "overpayments" to Allied.

Overby won't run in November

Lucas Overby, a Libertarian who won nearly 5 percent of the vote in last month's special congressional election in Pinellas County, said he has decided not to run for the seat in the general election this fall. In a prepared statement, Overby thanked his supporters and his family, and said, "This is far from my last fight and this is not the last time my name will appear on a ballot."

DNC eyes Miami, Orlando

Miami and Orlando are among 15 cities that the Democratic National Committee has asked to submit proposals to host the 2016 national convention. DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz sent a letter to the cities Tuesday. Others: Atlanta; Chicago; Cleveland; Columbus, Ohio; Detroit; Indianapolis; Las Vegas; Nashville; New York; Philadelphia; Phoenix; Pittsburgh; and Salt Lake City.

Information from the Associated Press was used. Alex Leary and Curtis Krueger contributed.

Representative issues statement after DUI arrest 04/22/14 [Last modified: Tuesday, April 22, 2014 9:03pm]
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