The Mesa council discusses the future of Councilman Ryan Winkle, who was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence. Winkle has requested a voluntary leave of absence from the council.
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Community watchdog reporter Jessica Boehm gives a wrap-up of Mesa Councilman Ryan Winkle’s first public comments since his arrest on suspicion of DUI on May 7, 2017, in Tempe. Hannah Gaber/azcentral.com
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Mesa Councilman Ryan Winkle speaks at a press conference on May 17, 2017, about his future on the council after he was arrested on suspicion of DUI.
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A video shows Mesa City Councilman Ryan Winkle and his wife, Ericka Varela, after they were pulled over by Tempe police May 7, 2017 on suspicion of DUI. The Tempe Police Department blurred this video before releasing it. Hannah Gaber/azcentral.com
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Mesa council discusses Councilman Ryan Winkle’s arrest in DUI
Reporter Jessica Boehm on Mesa councilman’s public comments
Mesa Councilman Ryan Winkle speaks after DUI arrest
Police body-camera video of Mesa Councilman Ryan Winkle’s DUI arrest
Mesa Councilman Ryan Winkle’s blood-alcohol content was nearly three times the legal limit when he was arrested on suspicion of DUI earlier this month, Tempe police said Tuesday afternoon.
The BAC level of 0.22 is considered “super extreme,” which means penalties could range from 45 days to six months in jail if he is convicted.
The legal limit for the BAC level is 0.08.
Winkle, who is currently on a voluntary suspension from the council, was pulled over by Tempe police about 1 a.m. May 7, after an officer saw him nearly hit three pedestrians, according to the Tempe police report.
In the body-camera video of his arrest, Winkle told officers multiple times that he had not been drinking.
This is Winkle’s second DUI arrest with a BAC level higher than 0.2. He served 45 days in jail in 2009.
In a press conference last week, Winkle announced his voluntary suspension and apologized to his “fellow Mesans.”
“You, the voters of District 3, have bestowed a great honor upon me and I have disappointed you. To you I say directly: I am very sorry,” he said.
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