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Republican State Congressman Arrested For DUI

Dan Eagle saw his rising star fade a bit after getting arrested for driving under the influence upon leaving a Taco Bell and blowing a red light in Tallahassee.


Rep. Dane Eagle/Leon County Jail

By Shawn Dwyer


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Seems like Florida has cornered the market on politicians who can’t avoid running afoul of drugs and alcohol.

State Rep. Dan Eagle (R-Cape Coral) was charged on Monday in Tallahassee for driving under the influence. According to court documents, Eagle pulled out of a Taco Bell in his black SUV before making a U-turn and almost hitting the curb outside a Papa John’s pizza. He then proceeded to run a red light, leading police to pull him over.

The arresting officer was immediately struck by the “strong odor of alcohol coming from the vehicle,” and later reported that Eagle’s eyes were bloodshot and watery. Like any good politician, Eagle tried talking his way out of the predicament by claiming he believed the stoplight was yellow.

Eagle acknowledged the arrest on Tuesday and released a statement to the News-Press. "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," the statement said. "Under advice of my legal counsel, I cannot discuss all the details right now, but I look forward to publically (sic) sharing the entire story at an appropriate time."

Florida has seen its share of troubled politicians in recent times, most notably the notorious Cocaine Congressman, Trey Radel, a Republican from Florida’s 19th congressional district who resigned from office in January 2014 following a conviction for cocaine possession stemming from a November 2013 arrest.

Rather lesser known was former mayor of Hampton, Fla., Barry Layne Moore, who was arrested last November for possessing and selling oxycodone.

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