Rep. Dane Eagle says he wasn't drunk


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Rep. Dane Eagle says he wasn't drunk

By John Rinkenbaugh. CREATED May 7, 2014

CAPE CORAL, Fla. - Representative Dane Eagle met with reporters Wednesday for the first time since his arrest in the early morning hours of Monday April 28 by Tallahassee police for DUI.

The 30-year-old Cape Coral Republican said the incident, while an embarrassment, was a factor related to being tired and trying to eat while he was driving.

Eagle said he had been drinking on Easter Sunday at a family function but he refused to go into a time line as to when his last drink was.  Eagle insisted that alcohol was not a factor in his arrest.

Eagle said he never voted on the legislative floor while drinking and said he does not have a drinking problem.

The State Representative says he will be seeking a hardship license to go to and from work.

The dash cam video of Rep. Dane Eagle's arrest released last Friday by the State's Attorney Office in Tallahassee.

It shows him driving erratically, striking a curb and running a red light.
The officer who pulled him over says he smelled alcohol on Eagle's breath, his eyes were bloodshot and he stumbled when he got out of his SUV. Eagle told the officer that he had not been drinking and was "good to get home." The officer said Eagle refused to take a field sobriety test or submit to a breath test.