- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 3, 2015

PHOENIX (AP) - An Arizona lawmaker arrested on suspicion of driving while slightly impaired says he’s relieved after blood tests showed no alcohol in his system.

Rep. Albert Hale said Tuesday that he’s grateful for the support of his family and friends during what he called a trying time.

A state Department of Public Safety officer pulled over Hale for speeding near Heber last November. The officer says Hale acknowledged having alcohol in his coffee and did poorly on field sobriety tests.

Hale’s blood was drawn at his request about 3 ½ hours after he was stopped on State Route 277. The results came up negative for ethanol.

Navajo County Attorney Brad Carlyon says he won’t pursue a driving under the influence charge. But he says his office is reviewing other potential charges.


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