Rep. Dane Eagle arrested Monday on suspicion of DUI

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State Rep. Dane Eagle was arrested early Monday for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol, reports the Tallahassee Democrat.

According to court documents, Eagle was driving a black SUV when he made a U-turn on West Tennessee Street after pulling out of a Taco Bell, nearly hitting a curb and running a stoplight.

After pulling over the Cape Coral Republican, the officer reported an alcohol odor in the vehicle. Eagle told the officer he believed the stoplight was yellow.

Eagle asserted he did not drink alcohol that night, and the odor was from friends riding in his car who were drinking at a bar earlier in the evening. He refused a field sobriety test, telling officers he was “good to get home,” but instead was taken to the Leon County Jail.

“I was arrested in Tallahassee and accused of driving under the influence of alcohol,” Eagle wrote in a statement issued Tuesday to the News-Press.com. “While there are some decisions that I would have made differently, I do not believe there is a complete and accurate picture of the events.

“Under advice of my legal counsel, I cannot discuss all the details right now, but I look forward to publically sharing the entire story at an appropriate time. Until then, I humbly ask for everyone’s patience. I know that I am accountable for my actions, and I look forward to communicating with my constituents in the near future on this matter.”

Eagle is a 30-year-old real estate broker, who is serving as director of development for Lee County’s Building Industry Association.

In 2012, Southwest Florida voters elected Eagle in House District 77, which covers Cape Coral and parts of Lee County. He won the GOP primary with 71 percent of the vote, and 62 percent of votes in the general election.

After graduating from the University of Florida, Eagle worked as a travel aide to then-Republican candidate Charlie Crist and later was named Crist’s deputy chief of staff.

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