Georgia State Representative Arrested for DUI
Local Georgia State Representative John Andrew “Kip” Smith (R) was arrested this past Friday in Buckhead, Georgia for driving under the influence. According to reports, Rep. Smith was pulled over by local Georgia police officers when he allegedly ran a red light. The arresting officer initially smelled alcohol when Smith rolled down his window, and the officer asked Smith if he had been drinking. Rep. Smith then told the officer “No,” before ammending his story to include only one beer he had consumed approoximately 45 minutes earlier. He then recanted that statement and told officers that the beer he drank had only been 15 minutes earlier.
Rep Smith refused to take the breathalyzer test, and requested that he be tested at a hospital. When told that could only occur if he was arrested, Smith agreed to take the breathalyzer test and clocked between .090 and .100 on the breathalyzer, a good bit higher than Georgia’s .080 limit. The reading belies the story of “one beer,” as one beer at Smith’s body weight would be highly unlikely to cause him to register such an elevated level of alcohol in his system.
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