- The Washington Times - Friday, May 12, 2006

11:47 a.m.

Former D.C. Mayor Marion Barry failed a field sobriety test last night after a minor traffic incident, but was later released after passing a breathalyzer test at a police station.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said Mr. Barry, 70, was “escorted” to the First District police station in Southeast after failing a field sobriety test.

“But he passed the breathalyzer test and was released,” said Officer Josh Aldiva, MPD spokesman.

Mr. Barry had been involved in a traffic accident just after midnight, in which he pulled his Mercedes out of a parking space into the path of an oncoming Jeep Cherokee, according to a report by WRC-TV (Channel 4).

Mr. Barry’s chief of staff, E. Faye Williams, confirmed that Mr. Barry had been involved in an accident, but was not aware of his failing a field sobriety test.

“No one was injured. I’ve spoken with Mr. Barry and he’s at home, so he wasn’t arrested,” Ms. Williams said.

The accident occurred near the 1000 block of 2nd Street SE, Ms. Williams said.

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