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SeattleCrime.com: Rep. Sharon Tomiko Santos Charged With DUI

By Erica C. Barnett January 6, 2011

Jonah Spangenthal-Lee at Seattlecrime.com has the scoop:
State Rep Sharon Tomiko Santos (D-37) is scheduled to appear in King County District Court this morning to face charges for a July DUI arrest in South Seattle.

According to Washington State Patrol records, a state trooper spotted Santos driving southbound on I-5 just before midnight on July 20th, and observed Santos "slowly drift[ing]" out of her lane several times.

The trooper pulled Santos over and approached her car.

"The driver, Sharon Santos, stated she was coming from a bar. I asked Ms. Santos if she had been drinking alcohol that night, and she stated that she had," Trooper Jason Greer wrote in his report. "I could smell the odor of intoxicants coming from Ms. Santos's breath, her eyes appeared watery, and her speech was slurred."

Santos then agreed to take several sobriety tests.

According to the police report, Santos failed all the field sobriety tests and failed to properly blow into a breathalyzer, making it impossible for state troopers to get a valid sample.

Santos, the former majority whip, was removed from leadership in late November and made education committee chair. The news of her DUI could give a second chance to Arne Duncan-style-reform advocate Marcie Maxwell (D-41), who failed in her attempt to win the ed chair job over Santos heading into the new session.

Other high-profile local DUIs in recent history include former state supreme court justice Bobbe Bridge, who was charged with DUI and hit and run; King County Council member Jane Hague, who received six months' probation for her DUI; and Seattle City Council candidate Venus Velazquez, a frontrunner who was defeated by Bruce Harrell when she got a DUI a week before the 2007 election.
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