TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - A member of the Florida Legislature is being sentenced to six months of probation and subjected to alcohol tests under a plea deal.
Rep. Dane Eagle was arrested in April and charged with drunken driving after an officer spotted him driving erratically and he refused to be tested. The Cape Coral Republican refused to resign after his arrest. The plea deal was reached Thursday.
Eagle, who was not in court for the hearing, pleaded no contest to a lesser charge of reckless driving according to the state attorney's office.
Part of the deal requires Eagle to also perform 100 hours of community service as well as spending time in a program that counsels drivers.
Eagle will also have to subject himself to tests to see if he has been drinking.
This morning, Eagle issued the following statement:
"First, I want to again apologize to my constituents, family, and friends for the embarrassment this whole ordeal has caused. Today, I am very pleased to let you know that we can finally put this entire matter behind us.
As I have maintained throughout, I did not drive under the influence. I did, however, exercise poor judgment that night, and in my carelessness I drove recklessly. The prosecutor agreed that reckless driving is the appropriate resolution, and the court has accepted that agreement. I take full responsibility for my actions and accept the penalties for the reckless driving sanction I have been issued.
I sincerely appreciate the steadfast support I have received. I am relieved to have the incident behind me and remain committed to effectively representing the citizens of District 77."
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