A name that many people hadn't heard since the 1990s surfaced in the news in early June -- Roger Clinton. He's the 59-year-old half-brother of former President Bill Clinton and brother-in-law of presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. The younger Clinton was arrested in Redondo Beach, California, on June 5 and charged with driving under the influence. Now, police reports detailing Clinton's arrest have been made public.
Multiple Signs of Intoxication
According to the reports, Clinton was pulled over around 7:30 p.m. after Redondo Beach police received a call reporting someone driving recklessly on Pacific Coast Highway. An officer also reportedly observed him swerving to avoid hitting a car and crossing onto the wrong side of PCH. The officer who initially stopped Clinton said that he detected the "strong odor of alcohol" on him, his eyes were watery and red and his speech was slurred.
Clinton also was reportedly unable to perform two field sobriety tests that involved walking a straight line and balancing. The officer said he discontinued these tests out of concern for Clinton's safety. Two breath test readings at the scene showed a blood alcohol content of 0.230 and 0.237 -- nearly triple the legal limit.
Officers said that Clinton, who had three passengers in his car, told police that he had two glasses of wine over two hours prior to when he was pulled over.
Clinton Had Previous Arrests
This isn't Clinton's first run-in with the law. He was convicted of a drug charge, but pardoned by then-President Clinton before he left office. He was charged with drunk driving in 2001, but pleaded guilty to reckless driving and didn't have to serve jail time.
The Redondo Beach city prosecutor says that she plans to charge Clinton with driving under the influence and failure to take a chemical test, since he refused to submit to a blood test or any further breath tests after his arrest. He could face six months in jail as well as fines.
Any DUI arrest needs to be taken seriously. However, people who have had previous convictions can face harsher consequences than first-time offenders. Criminal defense attorneys experienced with DUI cases can work to help mitigate the criminal consequences, perhaps in exchange for alternatives that may be more constructive, such as enrollment in a treatment program.
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