Rep. Dane Eagle, R-Cape Coral, was arrested Monday morning and charged with DUI by Tallahassee police, according to the Tallahassee police.
Eagle, 30, was driving a black SUV at about 1:50 a.m. after leaving a Taco Bell on W. Tennessee Street. A Tallahassee police officer noticed that the SUV turned left, striking a raised median, and turned back. It crossed into the intersection of Caliark Street and Tennessee, past the stop bar and waited at a red light.
When the light turned green, the officer watched as the SUV made a U-turn and almost struck the curb near the Papa John's Pizza at the intersection of Stadium and W. Tennessee St. near the Florida State University campus. Traveling at about 45 mph in a 35 mph zone, the SUV then veered right and struck a raised curb. After it didn't brake and passed through the Dewey Street and Tennessee at a red light, the officer turned his lights on pulled it over.
As the SUV pulled over, it struck the concrete curve.
"Before I made contact with the driver, I could smell the strong odor of alcoholic beverage coming from the passenger compartment," the report states. "When (Eagle) spoke, I could smell the strong odor of alcoholic beverage coming from his breath. The defendant's eyes were bloodshot, watery and glassy. The defendant denied consuming any alcoholic beverages."
When the officer asked him to step out of the vehicle, Eagle "stumbled to his left and fell against the rear passenger door of his vehicle."
Denying again that he consumed alcohol, Eagle told the officer he had been with friends in his vehicle earlier and they were at a bar. He declined to do a field sobriety test.
The officer arrested him for DUI. He then refused a breath test.