LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Representative Dane Eagle is speaking out, more than two weeks after being busted for DUI.
Representative Eagle said he is at fault for so-called poor judgment and reckless driving, but said alcohol did not play a factor in that. Dash-cam video obtained from April 21st, shows the representative from Cape Coral being pulled over, just after 2:00 in the morning in Tallahassee.
Officers said he almost hit a curb while driving his SUV, and then ran a red light. Afterward, he refused a breathalyzer test, even though the car allegedly smelled of alcohol. Eagle told authorities he had been driving friends who had been drinking earlier and that's where the smell came from.
He also told the media this morning, that although he admits to driving recklessly, it was because he was tired and was trying to eat while driving.
"I admit this is embarassing, and I made a poor judgment call. I will note that I did not intend to do anything wrong. This was an exercise in poor judgment and I regret that. I am asking for forgiveness," said Representative Eagle. "I think my track record proves for itself. The fact that I don't have any incidents on my record is a point. I will work for that forgiveness. I leave it up to the voters to decide."
Representative Eagle said he had "a couple beers" at some point Sunday before he drove early Monday morning, but said it was "much earlier." He, however, would not specify how much earlier that was.
As to why he refused a breathlyzer test, he called it a "spontaneous" decision that came from shock for being pulled over. He said he regrets it. He also said he does not have an alcohol problem, and said this incident has not hindered his ability to do his job as a lawmaker.
Senior Reporter Mike Walcher will have a full report on the representative's statements this afternoon on WINK News, starting at 4.