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Tampa Bay Times’ Michael Auslen faces DUI charge

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As the Tampa Bay Times reported late Monday evening, one of its very own became the subject of a recurring Tallahassee story: the Tennessee Street DUI arrest.

Michael Auslen, the youngest member of the Times‘ Capitol bureau, was pulled over after officers were alerted to a speeding and swerving vehicle at approximately 11:15 p.m. this past Saturday evening.

In an affidavit, Auslen admitted to drinking at a local bar but couldn’t specify the exact location. His reported location at the time of arrest would place him nearest Cheeks Lounge or Zingales Billiards & Sports Bar.

With a blood alcohol level of 0.175, Auslen was two times over the state’s legal limit of 0.08.

The former Eagle Scout has been working the Times political booze beat this session, covering the liquor store entrance initiative, as well as the craft beer industry’s growler push.

Any journalist can attest to getting too involved with the source material, but perhaps in the future, this young upstart should stick with a safer alternative for those raucous Saturday evenings in the capital city.

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Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.

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