Republican Rep. Dane Eagle, of Cape Coral, was arrested on a charge of driving under the influence early Monday morning in Tallahassee.
Eagle ran a red light on West Tennessee and Dewey streets about 2 a.m. causing Tallahassee Police officers to pull him over in the parking lot of the Target Copy, court documents said.
TPD officers first spotted Eagle’s SUV pulling out of the Taco Bell on West Tennessee Street and start traveling west. After pulling a U-turn, he started heading east in the outside lane. He nearly hit a curb outside of the Papa John’s restaurant and then veered and hit a curb near Brevard Street, court documents said.
Officers said they smelled the strong odor of alcohol coming from his breath and his eyes were bloodshot and watery. When asked about running the red light, Eagle told officers he thought it was yellow.
Eagle told police he did not drink any alcohol that night but stumbled when getting out of his vehicle, according to court documents. Eagle told officers the vehicle smelled like alcohol because he had friends in the car who had been out at a bar earlier, court documents said.
He refused to submit to a field sobriety test and said he was “good to get home,” court documents said.
He was then taken to the Leon County Jail.
Eagle was on the floor of the House Monday afternoon. He’s recorded voting in favor of a memorial calling for a constitutional amendment requiring a balanced federal budget. He cast that vote and voted against three Democrat-sponsored amendments to a charter school bill during an afternoon session of the House.
Eagle was first elected to the Florida House in 2012 as a 29 year old.
His father, Greg Eagle, pleaded guilty in 2013 to charges of bank fraud, mail fraud and wire fraud. The elder Eagle had been a significant contributor to Florida Republican causes and campaigns. Dane Eagle was not named in the investigation of his father’s finances.
Dane Eagle worked as a travel aide to candidate Charlie Crist, then a Republican, and later was named deputy chief of staff in the Crist administration…MORE
Leon County Sheriff’s Office
ANGELIQUE K BROWN, 04/21/2014 04/21/2014 ARREST, DUI ALCOHOL OR DRUGS 1ST OFF, 1, LEON COUNTY SHERIFF, TALLAHASSEE
SAM CASSEUS, 04/21/2014 04/21/2014 ARREST, DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE 2, DRIVING WHILE LICENSE SUSPENDED OR REVOKED
DANE F EAGLE, 04/21/2014 04/21/2014 ARREST DUI ALCOHOL OR DRUGS 1 TALLAHASSEE POLICE DEPARTMENT