TALLAHASSEE, Fla - Another Southwest Florida lawmaker is in trouble with the law. State Representative Dane Eagle of Cape Coral is facing drunk driving allegations.
"Very unfortunate situation. I regret the incident."
State Representative Dane Eagle told WINK News exclusively, he's sorry.
Deputies say Eagle ran a red light around 2:00 a.m. Monday, leading officers to pull him over.
Officers say they'd been watching Eagle's car for some time, after he first pulled out of a Taco Bell on West Tennessee Street in Tallahassee.
According to the arrest report obtained by WINK News, Eagle tried to make a left turn but almost hit the median. The officer following Eagle wrote he nearly hit one curb, veered, and then hit another curb while continuing to drive down the street.
After he was stopped, the officer said there was a strong smell of alcohol coming from the car.
When asked about running the red light, Eagle said he thought it was yellow.
Eagle told police he did not have anything to drink that night. However, according to the arrest report, Eagle's "eyes were bloodshot, watery and glassy."
"There are two sides to every story and I look forward to sharing those details and being transparent, and I will be accountable for my action," Eagle said. He added that he could not comment further for legal reasons.
The officer asked Eagle to get out of his car. The arrest report says Eagle "stumbled to his left and fell against the rear passenger door of his vehicle."
Eagle told officers the vehicle smelled like alcohol because he had friends in the car who had been out at a bar earlier.
He refused to submit to a field sobriety test and said he was "good to get home."
Eagle said voters should not be worried, and that he will continue to serve them.
"This will not impede my effectiveness here and I will continue to work hard for them and when the time is right I look forward to addressing their concerns about this incident."
Eagle was first elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 2012 as a 29-year-old.
The Florida Legislature is in the final two weeks of its annual session.
The Florida House Ethics Committee released a statement to WINK saying, "We have learned that Representative Eagle was recently arrested. It is an unfortunate situation. He has asked for patience as he works through this legal matter. We are going to let the process work and we look forward to the Representative resolving this matter in a timely fashion."