An Arizona state representative has earned the scorn of law enforcement after driving drunk and threatening Department of Public Safety troopers.
State Rep. David Cook was pulled over forty minutes to midnight on December 19, when a DPS trooper saw his F-250 swerving from lane to lane.
Immediately noticing signs of impairment, the trooper had no doubt that Cook was under the influence.
“I immediately detected the strong odor of an alcoholic beverage emanating from the vehicle,” stated the trooper in his police report. The trooper also observed that Cook had “bloodshot and watery eyes.” In addition, Cook’s speech was also “slow and slurred.
Cook make excuses for his driving, claiming he dropped his phone and swerved during an attempt to pick it up. Asked for his license and registration more than once, Cook became belligerent when the trooper ordered him from the vehicle.
“No, I’m not getting out,” Cook said. “Do you know what you’re doing, son? You’re making a mistake.”
Refusing to take a field sobriety test, cook was cuffed and taken into custody.
“I’m fine,” Cook said. “Don’t worry, you’ll get yours.”
Cook’s BAC was later measured to be between 0.15 and 0.19 percent, far above Arizona’s 0.09 threshold.
According to AZ Family, Cook was released to his wife on one count of Extreme DUI and other charges. His license has since been suspended.
A member of the state house since 2017, Cook had recently been appointed to the AZ House Public Safety Committee. Following this incident, his position is currently being called into question by other lawmakers.
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