Lawmaker Arrested for DUI After Ceremony

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  1. Frohickey macrumors 6502a

    Feb 27, 2003
    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - A lawmaker was charged with drunken driving, hours after attending a bill-signing ceremony to highlight the state's newest effort to crack down on DWI offenders.

    Republican Joe Thompson, 37, the House minority whip, apologized after his arrest early Wednesday.

    "While I am terribly embarrassed by this situation, I am thankful that no one else was involved," he said. "I will follow the advice of my family and physician to obtain whatever treatment is necessary.

    Police said they pulled over Thompson after his vehicle rolled too far into an intersection at a red light. Sgt. Todd Armendariz said there was a "strong smell of alcohol" around Thompson.

    Police said he registered a 0.12 and 0.11 on breath-alcohol tests, above the
    He told the officer he had a little alcohol at dinner but "did not think the alcohol he drank counted due to it being consumed several hours prior to the stop," the police report said.

    During their recent legislative session, lawmakers passed several bills cracking down on repeat drunken drivers. But none would affect Thompson if he is convicted.

    Thompson, first elected to the House in 1998, said he will drop his recently announced campaign for a seat on the state Public Regulation Commission.


    This guy better resign. :mad:


    On second thought, why should this guy resign. Its not like he drove his car off of a short bridge, and left a campaign staffer to drown. If he sticks around, he could be Senator some day. He's got to change his name though.
  2. Sun Baked macrumors G5

    Sun Baked

    May 19, 2002

    Now this is an example of politician's DUI that is funny.

    With equal parts of pathetic, sad, and stupid.

    But it'll probably get his 15 seconds of fame with Dennis Miller, Jay Leno, etc.
  3. mactastic macrumors 68040


    Apr 24, 2003
    Hell's Bells, why stop at senator? He could even be president!

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