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Joe Ducey, second from right, in 2014 at a political rally with his parents, Mitt Romney, Jeff Flake, and Mark Brnovich.EXPAND
Joe Ducey, second from right, in 2014 at a political rally with his parents, Mitt Romney, Jeff Flake, and Mark Brnovich.

One of Doug Ducey's Sons Arrested With Fake ID at Scottsdale Nightclub

Who hasn't had a fake ID, right?

But it's important not to get caught. Especially when you're the son of one of the state's highest elected officials.

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Setting the bad example right before Christmas, Joseph Ducey, one of Arizona Governor Doug Ducey's three sons, found himself handcuffed for a short time at a Scottsdale nightclub before being cited and released. No doubt, that sucked.

And now, Arizonans with kids who sometimes get into trouble know the governor can sympathize.

Ducey, who is 19, was arrested just before 1 a.m. on December 16 at Boondocks, 4341 North 75th Street, Scottsdale, according to a police report obtained through a public records request.

The governor's office confirmed the incident when contacted by Phoenix New Times. "He's going to face the same legal and family consequences as any other 19-year-old in this circumstance would, and we will handle this the same way any other Arizona family would," Governor Ducey said through a spokesperson. "Thank you for respecting our privacy."

A graduate of Brophy College Preparatory Academy in Phoenix, Ducey's middle son was honest and courteous while taken into temporary custody, records show.

It was an accidental bust – a bit of bad luck for the college student. (Judging by his Twitter feed, Joseph attends the University of Arizona in Tucson.) The arrest began when a Scottsdale bike officer saw a man jump over a gate leading into Boondocks, bypassing security and ID checks. When the officer lost the man in the crowd, he asked a security officer at the club to help find him.

A few minutes later, the guard appeared before the police officer with Ducey. The teen wasn't the guy they were looking for. But as the guard explained, "this subject had used a false ID to enter Boondocks and he admitted it to him when Henry contacted him."

The guard handed the officer the bogus ID — it was a "forged" South Carolina driver's license, with "poor lamination" and plastic that came off when it was bent.

"I activated my department issued AXON on body camera and grabbed the subject's arm and placed him under arrest," the report states. "He was handcuffed behind the back and the handcuffs were double locked and checked for tightness and fit."

Police soon found Joe Ducey's real license in his wallet.

"Joseph was apologetic for us having to contact him," the report states. "I smell an odor of intoxicant emanating from Joseph's breath but he did not appear to be extremely intoxicated."

Ducey was cited for using a false ID to enter a liquor establishment, a misdemeanor with a sentencing range of up to six months in jail and a possible driver's license suspension. In an April 2016 article in the Arizona Republic about the consequences of fake IDs, Lee Hill, assistant director of the Arizona Department of Liquor, said a conviction for forged documents could interfere with someone's ability to take a Law School Admissions Test or other exams.

Police said that no photo was taken of Ducey, and the body cam video would not be available for about three months, if requested.

(Correction: Doug Ducey graduated from Arizona State University.)

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