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Fla rep says he'll fight DWI charge; won't resign

Posted Friday, May 9th 2014 @ 6am

CAPE CORAL, Fla. (AP) - A 30-year-old state representative from Southwest Florida says he won't resign his post and will fight a drunken driving charge brought against him.

Republican Rep. Dane Eagle said Wednesday he waited two weeks to address the allegations because of responsibilities during the final two weeks of the legislative session.

He was arrested in Tallahassee on April 21 after a police officer saw his SUV swerving about two miles from the state capitol.

Eagle says he's “deeply sorry for this embarrassing situation.”

He says he drinks socially and does not have an alcohol problem and admitted using poor judgment in refusing a breathalyzer test.

Leon County records show Eagle's next court appearance is June 25.

He says he will continue in office and plans to run for re-election. 


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