Florida State Representative Dane Eagle of Cape Coral arrested on DUI charge
Florida State Representative Dane Eagle arrested on DUI charge
April 22 - State Representative Dane Eagle (R-Cape Coral) was arrested early Monday in Tallahassee on a charge of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
According to the Tallahassee police report, Eagle’s black SUV was pulled over for running a red light shortly after leaving a Taco Bell just before 2 a.m.
Eagle was driving alone and the arresting officer reported smelling the odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from inside the car. The officer also observed that Eagle’s eyes were bloodshot, watery and glassy.
Eagle denied consuming any alcoholic beverages and claimed he had friends in the vehicle earlier that had been at a bar.
As Eagle excited his vehicle, he stumbled and fell against the rear passenger door of his vehicle. The arresting officer also noted he was swaying as he stood on a level parking lot.
The officer said Eagle refused to take a field sobriety test or submit to a breath test.
The 30-year-old was arrested on driving under the influence charges and later released.
Eagle released the following statement Tuesday regarding his arrest:
"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.”